French-speaking jihadist executes ‘apostates’ in IS video
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French-speaking jihadist executes ‘apostates’ in IS video

Footage posted on jihadist websites shows young men testifying to have acted against group before being shot dead

Illustrative photo of Islamic State militants, with an IS fighter waving the group flag in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad, June 28, 2015. (Militant website of IS, via AP)
Illustrative photo of Islamic State militants, with an IS fighter waving the group flag in Fallujah, Iraq, west of Baghdad, June 28, 2015. (Militant website of IS, via AP)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AFP) — The Islamic State group released a video Saturday purporting to show a French-speaking jihadist threatening attacks against the West and executing so-called apostates and spies in Iraq.

The footage, posted on jihadist websites, is said to have been produced by the IS media office in Iraq’s Nineveh province, and shows young men testifying to have acted against the jihadists before being shot dead execution style.

The French-speaker wears a beige mask and military fatigues and carries a handgun. Curls of blond hair can be seen below his mask.

The video appears to have been made after the November 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and were claimed by IS.

The French-speaking man brands the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq “imbecile miscreants” and warns that they will be unable to crush the jihadist group.

He vows that IS will carry out acts that will make the West forget the September 11 attacks against the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people, or the Paris carnage.

He also vows that the West, particularly Spain, will “pay dearly” for having crushed Muslim rule in ancient Andalusia, in southern Spain where the Moors ruled from 711 CE to 1492.

He speaks of Cordoba and Toledo and says the ancient land of Andalusia is Muslim and has not been forgotten.

At the end of the almost eight-minute video, the French-speaker and other IS fighters shoot dead five kneeling men in orange jumpsuits.

The “execution” appears to take place in the ruins of a building which destroyed in an air strike.

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