The Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq issued today, June 25, 2006, a statement and 1:37 minute video of the execution of the captured Russian diplomats. The group announces that the execution is an act of ?revenge for our brothers and sisters for what they encounter between torturing, killing and eviction by the infidel?s Russian government,? and disregard claims from scholars that the killing of ?infidels? is forbidden, posting: ?the Book of Allah is between us?.
The video depicts the four men appearing on camera individually, then a scene in which two masked Mujahideen shout ?Allah is Great? as one begins to behead one of the captured. The beheading itself is not shown; rather, seen is the aftermath of two heads sitting atop the backs of two of the executed Russians. A subsequent scene in the outdoors is shown of a blindfolded Russian diplomat shot in the head. The fourth murder is not shown.
From the oral statements of the diplomats, they state their names, positions in the Russian embassy, date of birth, and their marital status.According to media reports, the Russian diplomats, Fyodor Zaitsev, Rinat Agliugin, Anatoly Smirnov and Oleg Fedoseyev were kidnapped on June 3, 2006.
The Mujahideen Shura Council is composed of eight insurgency groups in Iraq: al-Qaeda in Iraq, Victorious Army Group, the Army of al-Sunnah Wal Jama?a, Jama?a al-Murabiteen, Ansar al-Tawhid Brigades, Islamic Jihad Brigades, the Strangers Brigades, and the Horrors Brigades, collaborating to meet the ?unbelievers gathering with different sides? and defend Islam.
The video, translation of the statement and messages from the Russian diplomats are provided to our Intel Service members.