May 3, 2014
A British citizen fighting in Syria is believed to have committed a war crime by taking part in the execution of a prisoner.
A video that has been made public shows a rebel fighter, thought to
be from London, firing a weapon repeatedly into a man who has his hands
bound. A note that accompanies the video – which was uploaded to the
photo and video sharing service Instagram – says the victim is “one of
Bashar’s dogs”, a reference to supporters of Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad. It adds that the man admitted to killing four people and
raping a woman.
The chilling footage is likely to reinforce the fears of UK security
services that British citizens fighting in Syria pose a serious threat
if they ever return, due to the likelihood that they will have been
radicalised by the war.