What is a bored jihadi-in-training to do on a quiet evening? Islamic State would suggest playing its purported video game simulating terror attacks, Grand Theft Auto: Salil al-Sawarem [Sound of Swords].
It was not confirmed whether the game actually exists or if ISIS graphics and Arabic subtitles and dubbing were simply placed over video of an existing game.
The video trailer takes place in the desert and shows terrorists sneaking up on police officers, soldiers and military convoys, then immediately killing them.
One part of the video shows the characters stealthily watching a military convoy, lead by police, as it drives down a desert road. As soon as the convoy comes closer, it explodes into a fireball of flames. The game's character yells out "Alla hu Akbar," which is also yelled after other killings throughout the game. The Arabic dialogue appears to be dubbed over the video.
Another scene shows a terrorist hijacking a car, dragging the police officer out and violently shooting him several times in the chest.
The transitions between scenes show the logo of the supposed game, featuring a drawing of a man with his face covered next to the stylized words "Grand Theft Auto" in English and "Salil al-Sawarem" in Arabic.
An Arabic-language song is played in the background, similar to music played in other ISIS videos.
An Islamic State official was quoted by Arabic media as saying that the game's goal is to “raise the morale of the mujahedin and to train children and youth how to battle the West and to strike terror into the hearts of those who oppose the Islamic State.”
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