Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier: video

BEIRUT Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:09pm EDT

1 of 2. Wife (2nd L) of Lebanese soldier Ali al-Sayyed, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, mourns with relatives in the town of Fnideq, northern Lebanon August 29, 2014.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.

The soldier, recognizable as Ali al-Sayyed, a Sunni Muslim from north Lebanon, was shown blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back, writhing and kicking the dusty ground while a militant announces he will be killed. Another militant then beheads him.

Islamic State, which declared a "caliphate" in June in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control, has been cited as a major security threat by Western governments since posting a video in August of the beheading of U.S journalist James Foley.

The Lebanese army declined to comment, but security and Islamic State sources confirmed the latest beheading.

Hours later, the group posted a second video showing nine other soldiers begging for their lives, urging their families to take to the streets in the next three days to demand the release of Islamist prisoners as a condition to escape al-Sayyed's fate.

Earlier this month, several Syrian groups, including Islamic State and Nusra Front battled the Lebanese army after the arrest of rebel commander Emad Gomaa in the border town of Arsal. Gomaa is a Nusra commander who switched affiliation to Islamic State but remained popular among Nusra fighters.

The militants seized Arsal for five days before withdrawing to a mountainous border region, taking the 19 captive soldiers with them.

Most of the soldiers were taken by Islamic State militants while Nusra kept a few soldiers and a number of policemen.

On Saturday, Nusra released four soldiers and a policeman, all Sunnis, a source close to the group said. The circumstances of their release were not immediately clear.

The militants have demanded the release of Gomaa and several Islamists jailed since a 2007 insurrection by an al Qaeda-inspired group at a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Leslie Adler)

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Comments (13)
speakfreely wrote:
So…ISIS/ISIL is near Damascus, if it captured a border town between Lebanon and Syria. That could mean ISIS/ISIL is near enough to overthrow Assad. Then, they will easily take over Syria and Lebanon. They’re already taking over more and more of Iraq. Since ISIS doesn’t seem to approve any other sect or form of Islam other than their own version, this is also a cleansing of all different sects of Islam.

Aug 30, 2014 10:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
duartmc wrote:
No point in focussing on the Russians. Focus on the IS terrorists….that’s the real danger. Focus on them within every nation (Canada, in my case) as well as in the mid-East and eliminate them. These fanatics cannot be engaged with. They cannot engage in dialogue…they are too mesmerized. They will only be stopped by bullets. This is unfortunate, but true.

Aug 30, 2014 1:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:
Sorry guys… All the US government cares about is obsessing over George Bush, and protecting the rights of looters. Can’t help.

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