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Nine people suspected of intending to join Islamic militants fighting the government in Syria have been arrested in Austria, Vienna prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Austria Press Agency had reported the nine people were being questioned and a decision on whether to place them in investigative custody was pending. About 100 people from Austria, home to roughly half a million Muslims representing about six percent of the total population, are estimated to have joined rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. The insurgency is split between competing factions in Syria, with the militant Islamic State emerging as the most powerful.
On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video purporting to show one of its fighters beheading James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago. The black-clad executioner, who spoke English with a British accent, also produced another American journalist and said his fate depends on President Barack Obama's next move.
British counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they had launched an investigation into an Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley and featuring the voice of a man with a British accent. The Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command, that aims to protect London and the UK from the threat of terrorism, said in a statement that it was investigating the contents of the video that was posted online. "We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation," the specialist operations unit added in the statement.