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).
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.