Video purports to show IS fighters killing five ‘spies’ for Britain
BEIRUT — A video circulated online Sunday purported to show the Islamic State group killing five men accused of spying for Britain in Syria. The high-quality footage bore the markings of the IS media wing, and shows five men “confessing’’ to filming and photographing sites in exchange for money within Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate. It could not be independently verified. The men, speaking Arabic, are introduced as “the enemy’’ and “apostates.’’ Several said they were given hidden cameras with lenses disguised as shirt buttons to provide images and videos to a contact in Turkey. One said he later saw that his videos appearing in international media including Britain’s BBC. He goes on to say he was sent two photos of British Islamic State members and asked to locate them, and also to photograph a former Syrian government building now housing the Islamic State group’s “Islamic Courts.’’ “Don’t let them fool you like they fooled us,’’ one of the condemned men said, referring to those seeking to collect information on IS and undermine it. Another man appeals to people in similar situations to confess and turn themselves in, repeatedly saying “the door to repentance is open.’’ The video then cuts to the men kneeling, lined up in orange jumpsuits in the desert, where they are shot in the head by masked men.