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Funeral of Lebanese soldier beheaded by IS militants

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 00:48

Lebanese soldier Ali al-Sayyed, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, is mourned by relatives and soldiers from the Lebanese army at his funeral. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Relatives and members of the Lebanese military gathered in the town of Fnideq in northern Lebanon on Wednesday for the funeral of soldier Ali al-Sayyed, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video posted on social media on Saturday. IS militants beheaded al-Sayyed, who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days last month. The soldier, a Sunni Muslim from north Lebanon, was shown blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back, writhing and kicking the dusty ground while a militant announces he will be killed. Another militant then beheads him. Relatives and soldiers from the Lebanese army accompanied the body of al-Sayyed from the military hospital near Beirut to his home-town of Fnideq, north of Lebanon with several stops on the way. Twenty-nine-year old al-Sayyed joined the Lebanese army in September 2006. He was married with a young daughter called Rahaf. Al-Sayyed's wife was devastated, crying as she said "Welcome Ali. Mum, he left me. He is a martyr, mum. Welcome Ali. Rahaf is waiting for you, Rahaf wants to see you," at the funeral. Islamic State, which declared a 'caliphate' in June in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control, has been cited as a major security threat by Western governments since posting a video in August of the beheading of U.S journalist James Foley.

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Funeral of Lebanese soldier beheaded by IS militants

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 00:48