This Week’s Mass Killings by ISIS Are a Show of Desperation

TOPSHOT - A member of the Iraqi foces stands guard over a building in the eastern part of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on April 7, 2017 as smoke rises from the old city in the western part across the Tigris river, during the offensive by Iraqi forces to retake it from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

A recent pair of mass killings by ISIS may on the surface appear to be a ghastly surge of power from the terror group, when it fact they serve as a grisly reminder that the United States and the global community should be looking ahead to the next big terror threat under our noses.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported this week that their monitors witnessed this year’s largest ISIS mass execution, in which 33 young adults were lined up along a hole dug in the ground before their throats were cut. On the same day in Tikrit, Iraq, ISIS terrorists killed 22 civilians and police in a mass shooting and suicide bombings.

This is ISIS, 2017: When they feel backed against a wall, they lash out. When they feel their relevance is dwindling, they feel the need to get back in the headlines by any means possible. When they fear they’ve lost the shock value they once had, they try for something even more gory—even making young children execute prisoners on video.

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