Video pur­ports to show IS fight­ers killing five ‘spies’ for Bri­tain

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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.

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