While the president was on the left coast enjoying a weekend of golf and fundraising, ISIS (*Daesh) released another gruesome video on Sunday that graphically shows the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after meeting with the country’s top military commanders, vowed that his country would respond to the deaths and called for a seven day mourning period.
Speaking on national television hours after the release of the video, Sisi said Cairo would choose the “necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings”.
Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead.
The footage showing the deaths of the Egyptians appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and has also beheaded Western hostages.
In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded.
In the video, the terrorists also vowed to expand the Islamic caliphate to “conquer Rome” — perhaps a reference to the fact that ISIS/Daesh is now less than 500 miles from the southern tip of Italy.
Via Walid Showbat: “Even under the blade, some were making their last prayers and as the blade came to their neck they all cried in unison “Ya Rabbi Yasou’” (O My Lord Jesus) the caption by ISIS stated “these insisted to remain in unbelief”. In other words, they were given the option to convert or die and everyone of them refused, even unto death.”
A caption on the five-minute video read: “The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church.”
One of the ISIS/Daesh mutants stood with a knife in his hand using language our president would appreciate: “Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for.”
It was only a week-and-a-half ago that Obama was telling Christians to not get on their “high horse” about ISIS/Daesh terrorism because “during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” Detractors accused the president of advancing the terrorists’ own talking points by invoking the Crusades – if you can believe that.
Speaking of “crusaders,” US Army Veterans, and other Westerners have been flowing into the Middle East by the thousands to help Christians (and Kurds) fight the the terrorist scourge.
Saint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army veteran who recently returned to Iraq and joined a Christian militia fighting Islamic State in what he sees as a biblical war between good and evil.
Brett, 28, carries the same thumb-worn pocket Bible he did whilst deployed to Iraq in 2006 – a picture of the Virgin Mary tucked inside its pages and his favourite verses highlighted.
“It’s very different,” he said, asked how the experiences compared. “Here I’m fighting for a people and for a faith, and the enemy is much bigger and more brutal.”
Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria in the past two years, mostly to join Islamic State, but a handful of idealistic Westerners are enlisting as well, citing frustration their governments are not doing more to combat the ultra-radical Islamists or prevent the suffering of innocents.
The militia they joined is called Dwekh Nawsha – meaning self-sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Christ and still used by Assyrian Christians, who consider themselves the indigenous people of Iraq.A map on the wall in the office of the Assyrian political party affiliated with Dwekh Nawsha marks the Christian towns in northern Iraq, fanning out around the city of Mosul.
The majority are now under control of Islamic State, which overran Mosul last summer and issued am ultimatum to Christians: pay a tax, convert to Islam, or die by the sword. Most fled.
Dwekh Nawsha operates alongside Kurdish peshmerga forces to protect Christian villages on the frontline in Nineveh province.
Via Walid Shoebat, Mustafa Bakri a TV commentator struggled to hold back tears as he announced the news of the beheadings, cutting the segment short.
“Just now they announced the butchering of 21 Egyptians comes to us now. I have seen their family and have seen their pitiful condition and how they live in such poverty … young men, like roses” says Bakri asking for an intermission after he realized he could not hold his tears.
Disturbing photos of cages filled with little children in orange jump suits are making the rounds.
Shoebat reports that ISIS is using the images to propagandize against the coalition bombings.
Translating from the original article, it states:
“Activists on social media on a Sunday morning had a number of children crammed inside a cage as a symbolic gesture with fire approaching them as a snapshot aiming to draw attention to the disastrous situation to remind the world about the blood and carnage and fires caused by bombs and rockets from the [coalition] bombing. Children were dressing in orange, which is the same cloak that the Jordanian pilot captive “Muaz Kasasbeh” wore when he was killed by ISIS when he was burned to death. Children were filming this scene in a place where the regime made a massacre which claimed the lives of about 50 people …”
It is the oldest trick of the devil. He tells his subjects to murder. But when retaliation comes and as a result folks are killed, he accuses the other side of murder.
Liberals fall for it every time.
Meanwhile, Obama has been in Palm Springs for a fun weekend getaway with “the boys.” It has, after all, been at least six weeks since the man has had a vacation. He is overdue. And so are Michelle and the girls, who are in Aspen for their annual ski vacation.
He played Saturday at the Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage, where he has visited now four times since 2013. At your expense.
Obama golfed with three old friends – Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme, who flew in from Hawaii, and Marty Nesbitt, who is from Chicago. Given the amount of time he spent on the links, it looks like he might have racked up 27 holes or so circling the nine-hole course. It was his third time golfing this year and the 216th of his presidency.
As he has before, Obama is staying at the home of his interior decorator, Michael Smith, and Smith’s partner, James Costos, who is the U.S. Ambassador to Spain.
Isn’t that special?
Breitbart London: ‘SAVE THE LAST BULLET FOR YOURSELF’: SAS WILL NOT BE TAKEN ALIVE BY ISIS:
Elite British forces in the SAS have been told not to allow the Islamic State to take them alive, according to the Daily Star. Special Forces have been ordered to “fight to the last man” with commanders telling them “save the last bullet for yourselves”.
The SAS have been operating in ISIS-controlled territory for some time, but the new rules were issued after the brutal murder of a Jordanian pilot. Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh was burned alive earlier this month, after his plane was downed.
A source said: “The SAS have been told that if they are captured they can expect to be tortured before being beheaded, disembowelled or burned alive. They know there is virtually no chance of being rescued.
*I’m transitioning from ISIS to Daesh. It’s the least common name for the mutants, but it’s one they hate the most – so I’m using it.