In a new video released by the Islamic State’s al Hayat Media Center, the terrorist group features two men, one Kazakh and one Russian, who are accused by the group of spying on behalf of Russia.
The video first features Mamayev Jambulat, a Kazakh national, who says he was sent by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) to spy on Russian-speaking militants in the Islamic State. He claims to have been paid by Russia in return for his spying. Jambulat says he was told to focus on a figure within the Islamic State, but the jihadist’s name is omitted from the video.
The second man, who is likely a Russian national, makes similar claims of spying on behalf of the FSB. The man says he was a “Muslim before, but then I handed over my brothers,” which indicates he might have initially gone to Syria to fight, according to Joanna Paraszczcuk at Radio Free Liberty’s Under the Black Flag.
After the two captive men speak to the camera about the Islamic State’s charges against them, the video shifts to a bearded man standing next to a young boy behind the kneelng captives. The older man makes a short speech before the child shoots the captives in the head. The boy, who was previously featured in an Islamic State video, is an ethnic Kazakh.
In the previous video, which was released in November, a training camp for Kazakh recruits and their children was showcased by the Islamic State. Although the first half of the video focused on the adults, the second half of the video showed Kazakh children being taught Arabic, as well as physical and military training. At the end of the video, the same boy featured in the most recent Islamic State production proclaims: “We’re going to kill you, O kuffar [unbelievers]. Insha’allah [God-willing], we will slaughter you.”
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