Islamic State threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage


ISIS thteatens to execute lebanese sevicementA French-speaking militant threatened Friday to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS ) which is now being referred to as Islamic State saying three prominent anti-ISIS Lebanese politicians would be responsible for their deaths.

The threat was made in a video AFP obtained from a Salafist cleric, Wissam al-Masri, who is mediating the release of 25 police and soldiers held by ISIS and the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra Front.

Four hostages have already been executed.

The video, filmed in a field with hills in the background, shows three men in blue uniforms, each kneeling in front of a fighter holding a knife to his throat.

The unidentified speaker, was wearing a hood and his companions’ faces were uncovered. From his speech, it was not possible to determine if he was from Lebanon, where French is widely spoken, or a third country.

Thousands of fighters from France and countries in North Africa where French is spoken have flocked to ISIS ranks.

The speaker attacked the politicians for what he said is their support for Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, whose fighters are aiding Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war against largely Sunni Muslim rebels that include ISIS.

“To the allies of France in Lebanon — Hariri, Geagea and Jumblatt — the ISIS is at war with Hezbollah, which is meddling in the affairs of Muslims in Sham [Syria] and has killed our women and our children,” he says.

He was referring to former prime minister and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and MP Walid Jumblatt, leader of the progressive Socialist party .

“You are certainly criminals, but you have added to your crimes today by your collaboration with Hezbollah and your transformation of the Lebanese army into a mere puppet in the hands of Hezbollah, with which it oppresses Sunnis.”

ISIS is a radical Sunni organization that considers Shiite Muslims to be heretics. It has murdered many of them in a campaign of atrocities in areas under its control in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

“You are therefore responsible for the fate of your fellow citizens. Their future, their life and death, depends on your next decision,” he said without making any specific demands of the three men.

However, the militants have demanded that Islamist prisoners held in Lebanese jails be released in exchange for the hostages.

Masri told AFP that he had met with ISIS leaders Thursday in Qalamoun, Syria, near the Lebanese border and seen nine of the soldiers.

“Two of them are in a very fragile state of health,” he said.

Lebanon has tried to insulate itself from the effects of the war in neighboring Syria, but has been wracked by increasing instability and spillover from the nearly four-year conflict.

Last week, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said 16 police and soldiers were still being held by al-Nusra Front, and nine by ISIS.

“We have tried to negotiate with them… but things are very difficult.”

Al Arabiya



3 responses to “Islamic State threatens to execute Lebanese soldiers held hostage”

  1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

    I can’t believe these assholes are in Arsal yet no one surrounded them and chopped them into pieces. it seems like everyone in Lebanon has an opinion and these politicians and everyone is making it more complicated. Syria has its own agenda and Hezbollah do to. they negotiate with ISIS and Al Nusra when they see fit. But this one apparently doesn’t concern them since no Hezbollah members are kidnaped I guess. It is so sad after so many years of war we are regressing and depressing and getting totally disgusting. It’s time to grab Nassrallah, ISIS and Al Nusra by the balls and suffocate the mother fuckers once and for all.

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Everybody speaks French. But was was the accent of ‘The Sorbonne’ ??

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