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IS Video Purportedly Shows Beheading Of Russian Officer In Syria

Syrian soldiers, who have defected to join the Free Syrian Army

The extremist group Islamic State has issued a video showing the beheading of a man it described as a Russian intelligence officer captured in Syria, according to a U.S.-based monitoring organization.

The SITE Intelligence Group said on May 8 that the Russian-language video showed the man dressed in a black jump suit kneeling in a desert landscape and urging other Russian agents to surrender.

A bearded man later beheaded the alleged intelligence officer, identified as Colonel Yevgeny Petrenko, with a knife.

The identity of the man and the authenticity of the recording, which was released ahead of Russia’s May 9 celebrations of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, could not immediately be verified.

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