Horrific stories concerning Islamic State continue to circulate online. One of the latest has echoes of a story that claimed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had one of his uncle's killed and then fed him to the dogs; a story that ultimately seemed more than unlikely. It turned out to have likely originated with a satirist. But Kim had made sure his uncle was executed it was what happened to the corpse that remained an unknown.
Islamic State though have already proved they are a monstrous bunch of thugs come terrorists and so a Daily Express report that "a desperate mother was tricked into feasting on cooked meat from the body of her son by Islamic State militants" could be true.
The story was reported by a British man, 36 year-old security guard Yasir Abdulla, fighting on the front line against IS. The Express calls him "a brave Briton fighting on the front line with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State."
A father of four he reportedly fought alongside the Kurds for six months.
We wonder what is the difference about a man like Abdulla taking part in fighting alongside the Kurds and returning to the UK and others who go to support IS? Could both pose a threat to peace in the UK?
The Sun reports Abdulla recounted the story as follows "I hate IS because of what happened to an old Kurdish woman from a nearby tribe."Her son was captured by IS fighters and taken as a prisoner to Mosul. She was determined to find her son and went to IS headquarters and asked to see him. "The IS men told her to sit down because she had travelled a long way and said she should have some food before they took her to meet her son.
"They brought her cups of tea and fed her a meal of cooked meat, rice and soup. She thought they were so kind. But security guard Mr Abdulla then adds: "They had killed him and chopped him up and after she finished the meal and asked to see her son they laughed and said, 'You've just EATEN him'."
"They burn people alive, they chop off people's heads, there is no limit to their depravity. "They are not Muslims, they have hijacked Islam. All they do is hate."
While there is no evidence online to support Abdulla's story Islamic State's track record mean it may well be true. Even if it was just a cruel taunt to a desperate mother it shows a barbaric streak.
Islamic State's depravity is such that fictitious stories are not needed.
Op-Ed: Islamic State now operate 'courts' were citizens who break the rules are meted out swift and cruel punishment that is far from justice.
Last month a man accused of being 'gay' was thrown from a building but he did not die from the fall. A, enthusiastic crowd hurled rocks at his battered and injured body until he was dead.
This week another incident doing the rounds online involves a gay man, described by IS as a ‘child of Lot’; he was blindfolded and bound before being thrown from a building. Footage captures the horrific incident with the large crowd enthusiastically hurling rocks at his corpse.
The Mail Online reporting the latest of these killings says "Following a trial in an Islamic State court, the man was taken to the roof of the building and thrown to his death in front a large crowd below. The horrific act was carried out in Tel Abiad in the Islamic State capital of Raqqa in Syria."
A man used a megaphone to announce what would happen and a large crowd including children watched.
Images from the scene show some men in the crowd using IPhones and cell phones to film what happened and capture images.
The irony of the barbaric killing of a man for being 'gay' captured by modern technology is there for all to see.
The man is described as a ‘child of Lot’, referenced in the Bible and the Qur'an punished severely by God, and accused of committing acts of sodomy.
Was this latest murder then committed in God's name or by people acting as God?
When the west supported rebels wanting to oust President Bashir al Assad it played a dangerous game which spectacularly backfired initially on the people of the region but the IS threat has spread significantly.
This group of whatever now have power of sorts. They obviously have money too.
With splinter groups in Iraq, Syria and other countries perhaps under other names tacking this menace will not be easy.
Joining forces with Assad would have been a good option and could still be a way forward. But the west for whatever reason will not work with Assad. Opinion: While I despair of the situation it is worth remembering how low people can sink. Women during the French revolution sat knitting while the members of the aristocracy where executed by beheading right in front of them.
Gay laws in the west that were only reformed in recent times.
Hitler supporters are perhaps one of the best examples of how low and depraved people will become in order to support a force and protect their own necks.
Publishing IS footage and images and passing on these stories may be what these modern Nazis want but opting to not report what is happening is not an option.
We need to know and understand the threat in order to remove it.