Video shows Syria’s al-Nusra Front preparing to execute Saudis

A video released on YouTube shows the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front preparing to execute two Saudi fighters in Syria.

According to the unidentified executioner heard speaking in the video, the men were accused of “betraying” the jihadists by joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), another extremist militia that is fighting in Syria against the al-Nusra Front.

The executioner recited verses from the Quran, identified the birthplaces and ages of the men, and recited the charge against them.

The video ends after the executioner chants “Allahu akbar” (God is great), and before the supposed execution by shooting.

More than 7,000 foreigners from 50 countries, many of them in Europe and the Middle East, have joined militant groups in Syria, James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence, said in January.

The main two extremist groups fighting in Syria are ISIS and the al-Nusra Front. Both are fighting against Syrian government forces, as well as each other.

The conflict in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 140,000 people.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41
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