The Iraqi jihadist insurgents who are attempting to seize control of Iraq allegedly posted an alarming video of the beheading of a Sunni police major with a knife in his bedroom.
The NY Daily News reports the hour-long video was accompanied by a sickening tweet and photo of the severed head:
“This is our ball. It’s made of skin #WorldCup,” the tweet read.
The use of the hashtag #WorldCup increased the likelihood that more people would see the tweet with the start of the games this week.
This tweet by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria comes at a time when the jihadists are moving closer to Baghdad. They are using social media to boast about what they view as victories.
The NY Post views the propaganda efforts as a means to “shatter the morale of Iraqi government officials and strike fear into the heart of civilians.”
The twitter account used to post the tweet has been shut down.
This is not the first video the group has posted online of their heinous acts.
One shows men leaning out of cars and firing bullets at drivers on a street splattered with blood.
Another shows the militant group abducting a pro-government militia commander and his two sons. They are forced to dig their own graves, and then have their throats slit.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claims to have killed more than 1,700 Iraqi soldiers and police officers in its attempt to take control through violence of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
President Obama has called the crisis in Iraq a potential threat to American interest. He is currently considering what steps to take in the matter that will not include sending combat troops to Iraq.
“We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces,” President Obama said.