Investigators are working to identify an Islamic State fighter with a British accent featured in a propaganda video released over the weekend, officials said.
“We are examining the content of the video,” a British Home Office spokesman told ABC News today.
In the 10-minute online release, the masked militant addresses British Prime Minister David Cameron directly before apparently shooting five Syrian men in the head. It’s unclear where and when it was made.
The jihadist reportedly could be Abu Rumaysah, a British national who was arrested in September 2014, skipped bail and fled to Syria. ABC News has not confirmed those media reports.
The video is an attempt to divert attention from their military failures in Iraq and their inability to take care of citizens in the areas they control, a British official told ABC News.
In a statement released today, the Ministry of Defense says “RAF Tornado, Typhoon and Reaper [fighter aircraft] have flown intensive armed reconnaissance missions across Syria and Iraq,” with repeated successful attacks against terrorist positions in Ramadi and northern Iraq in recent days.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Louise Dewast