ISIS beheads Putin’s spy and releases video on Russia’s Victory Day parade
ISLAMIC State claims it has beheaded a Russian spy captured in Syria.
The jihadists released a chilling 12 minute video of the killing boasting of its successes against Russian forces in Syria.
According to US-based SITE monitoring website, the video shows a man dressed in a black jumpsuit kneeling in the desert urging Russian agents to surrender.
The video, which also features images of Russian president Vladmir Putin, shows a bearded man wielding knife stands behind the man, said to be a Russian intelligence officer.
A narrator: “This idiot believed the promises of his state not to abandon him if he was captured.”
Moments later the man is beheaded.
The authenticity of the recording and the identity of the man could not immediately be verified, nor was it clear when the killing occurred.
Russian senator Viktor Ozerov, who heads the defence committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament, said the defence ministry would check the authenticity of the video.
He told Russia’s Interfax news agency: “Even if it is a fake, it shouldn’t be left without attention. If it happened, then there will be hell to pay.”
Russian forces are backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his war with rebels and militants seeking to oust him.
The video showed scenes of what it described as the aftermath of Russian bombing raids in Syria.
The Russian defence ministry says about 30 Russian servicemen have been killed since the start of the Kremlin’s operation there in September 2015.
The FSB security service were not immediately available for comment.
It comes as Russia marks the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany with nationwide Victory Day parades in a show of military force.
ISIS has long released propaganda videos of militants beheading prisoners with aid workers, journalists and soldiers among their targets.
The terror group continue to lose ground in Syria with a group of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by the US capturinga district of the town of Tabqa from ISIS on Monday.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been fighting ISIS in Tabqa for weeks, aiming to capture not just the town but its Euphrates dam, a vital strategic objective before assaulting the jihadists’ regional stronghold of Raqqa.
Russia’s defence ministry denied a Russian serviceman had been captured and executed by ISIS, Russian news agencies reported.
The Russian defence ministry did not reply to a Reuters request seeking comment.