ISIS Releases a New Sniper Video, Civilians Apparently Killed

February 24, 2015 Updated: February 25, 2015

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a new video, showing snipers killing people in Syria.

According to the video, the footage was recorded in Deir ez-Zor.

The video is from the viewpoint of a sniper, who takes out what appears to be enemy fighters. However, at least one woman appears to be shot.

(Screenshot taken from ISIS sniper video)
(Screenshot taken from ISIS sniper video)

As with most ISIS propaganda videos, Arabic music is superimposed in the background. Fighters are also heard saying, “Allahu Akbar.” It appears that some other digital, visual effects were used in making the video.

The video footage comes as reports say ISIS abducted dozens of Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria, a Christian group told CNN.

Usama Edward, the founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, told the network that between 70 and 100 people were kidnapped from the village of Tal Shamiram.

Edward said “They are facing a possible massacre by the (Syrian) regime and by ISIS. Everyone is fighting everyone else. They are surrounded.”

Edward added that his group and other Syrian Christians have been “left all alone” by the Syrian government. He added that Kurdish fighters might launch an operation to rescue them.

“This is like a miracle that they have survived this long,” he said. “How can these people stay alive? They are trying to defend their homes.”

Meanwhile, three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join ISIS  and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of attacking President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.

Akhror Saidakhmetov was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, authorities said. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev had a ticket to travel to Istanbul next month and was arrested in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors said. Abror Habibov, 30, accused of helping fund Saidakhmetov’s efforts, was arrested in Florida.

They are charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Habibov appeared in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida, and was appointed a public defender. The other two men were in custody, and it was not clear if they had attorneys who could comment on the charges. They were scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later Wednesday.

Saidakhmetov is a Brooklyn resident and citizen of Kazakhstan. Juraboev and Habibov are residents of Brooklyn and citizens of Uzbekistan.

“The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” said state U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, who is Obama’s choice to be U.S. attorney general.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.