The jihadist group Islamic State has posted a video online which appears to show the beheading of a Kurdish fighter in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which the group captured in June. Our Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher reports.
Entitled a Message in Blood, the latest video produced by the skilled propagandists of Islamic State is clearly aimed at the Kurds fighting them in northern Iraq. It parades a group of Kurdish men dressed in orange jumpsuits. Other footage shows the same men apparently being captured on the battlefield. One of the men is then shown kneeling with three masked militants behind him. The backdrop is the main mosque in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city seized by the jihadists in June. In a choreography of murder very similar to the killing of the US journalist James Foley, he is then beheaded with a knife.