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Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier: video

(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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manmi1 August 30 2014 at 3:02 PM

These muslims are a real threat to humanity. They must be destroyed as there is no other way to deal with these type of animals.

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Hjaz43 August 30 2014 at 3:06 PM

For God's Sake Obama what the F U waiting for? IF it was one of YOUR family members you would be do what had to be. U are worthless still as a commander in chief in my opinion and many many other's!

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dhendr3229 August 30 2014 at 3:06 PM

About time we made an example of these thugs. Make that entire area they are hiding look like Hiroshima after WW2.

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Legacydistro August 30 2014 at 3:12 PM

Ball's in your court Obama. Do something besides play golf and be a fundraiser. We known this is tough, after all, they are just a JV team and Syria requires you cross The Red Line. You are worthless and an embarrassment to the American people. Resign.

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pjgva August 30 2014 at 3:06 PM

Islam is barbaric. It has been barbaric since Mohammad began his Islamic campaign by brutal slaughter of his opponents in 700 AD. It hasn't changed.

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buddwhyzr August 30 2014 at 3:40 PM

Every country should pitch in exterminating these psychos.

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TB August 30 2014 at 3:14 PM

It is time for us to show these killers that although we may be war weary we always have time to kill terrorists.

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thorrsman August 30 2014 at 3:11 PM

Take a hardline stance in response: When ISIS beheads a captive and demanded the release of prisoners, if named, execute those prisoners immediately. If unnamed, execute ten or so random picked from among those ISIS wants released.

Barbarians only understand strength.

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investigatorkch August 30 2014 at 3:04 PM

another on your hands Prez.......wait some more... see how many YOU can rack up......they are your muslim buddies.......

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Richard August 30 2014 at 3:11 PM

I wonder how many of these lower than a roach are among those traded for our as many called, a deserter. Castrate them all then give them a transfusion of pigs blood before they are incinerates in pigs oil. Nuking them would be too humane for these monsters.

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relims711 Richard August 30 2014 at 3:39 PM

Now! I like that idea. I also agree with executing a captive terrorist for every innocent they murder. I also agree with whoever said that these mentally impaired, brainwashed fanatics aught to be wiped out before they do any more damage. I also don't want any of them or their relatives or their damn mosques in Britain.

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Richard relims711 August 30 2014 at 3:52 PM

I hope I'm not talking for just myself, but their Damn Mosques are not welcome in the USA either. They are a blight on humanity.

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doug156 Richard August 30 2014 at 6:27 PM

General Sherman said "War is all hell". That is what needs to be brought upon these savages, all hell!

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