Islamic terrorist group Islamic State (Isis) has posted a bizarre recruitment video online in which aspiring jihadists perform a series of manoeuvres including jumping through flaming hoops, carrying comrades and helping each other jump through windows.
Some of the militants brandish or fire AK-47s, performing a series of military manoeuvres and exercising or dangling from monkey bars. It's thought the video may have bene released in an attempt to persuade more disenfranchised Westerners to join the group, which has faced a series of military setbacks in Syria and Iraq where it has been trying to establish a
It's thought the video may have been released in an attempt to persuade more disenfranchised Westerners to join the group, which has faced a series of military setbacks in Syria and Iraq where it has been trying to establish a Muslim caliphate.
The video was reportedly filmed near the Syrian town of Homs, where earlier two men were filmed being beheaded by the group with three-foot scimitars.
One of the men was said to be working for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the other executed for allegedly "insulting God".
In the execution video, a group of about 12 men and at least one small child watch as a blindfolded man with his hands tied is ordered to fall to his knees by a terrorist, who is not wearing a mask and brandishing a three-foot blade. After the charges are read out he is killed.
A second man is then led forward and ordered to kneel before being beheaded by a second executioner as the first looks on.
Isis has become notorious after posting dozens of videos of its militants performing sickening executions, often filmed using high-quality cameras and with up-to-date video effects. The videos appear to be relatively successful at attracting young Muslims from around the world to its cause.
Isis recruits also post details about their lives on social media sites including Twitter and Instagram in a bid to attract yet more fighters to the Middle East.
However, recently there have been signs that Isis is becoming more discerning about the quality of Western recruits, apparently worried that Western spy agencies may be able to infiltrate the organisation.