BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – An ex-Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) fighter alleged that the British intelligence recruited him to collect information about Russian military installations in Syria, the Tass News Agency reported.
In an interview with Russian journalists, he indicated that he was recruited after he decided to return to Palmyra.
“The British learned about this through intermediaries and said: You will work as a spy. We will help you. Go to Palmyra, we will give you money and phones and provide you with everything you need. The task is to photograph important sites of the Syrian intelligence and the Russian and Syrian armies there. I had to send these pictures over the Internet,” he claimed.
The former ISIS fighter admitted that he had met British intelligence officers in the Al-Tanf area on the Syrian border with Jordan, where the U.S. military base is located.
He stated that he had fled there from Palmyra, pointing out that he was in the ranks of the Islamic State then.
Saud said that the British indicated their need for information on “important Russian sites in Syria”, especially on how they protect them, so that it would later be possible to carry out terrorist operations against them.
According to him, the British assigned a former tour guide from Palmyra, who was known in several languages, to take over the leadership of the espionage group. He stated that he worked before the war, in the interest of cleaning up Palmyra.
The British authorities have not commented on these allegations from the ISIS fighter.