In a gruesome video released by ISIS, two Turkish soldiers can be seen being burned alive in Aleppo, Syria.
The 19-minute video, titled “The Cross Shield” shows the two men being taken out of cages and then forced to crawl. They have fuses attached to their bodies and have chains around their necks. The torch is then set on fire with the push of a button and the flames engulf their bodies.
The two men present themselves off-camera as members of Turkish Gendarmerie Intelligence Organization.
As the video reached Turkey, the government shut down social media so that people could not watch the execution.
Jihadists said it was a revenge for Ankara’s involvement in a “war against Muslims.” A day before the video was released, 16 Turkish soldiers were killed by ISIS fighters. Shortly after, Ankara vowed to fight “terror.”
Their executioner, who stands nearby, accuses the Turkish government and President Erdogan of “burning Muslims” and calls for “destruction to be sowed.”