By Rakesh Raman
In a new video released Sunday, the Libyan branch of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shown the mass beheading of 21 Christians kidnapped in Libya.
In a traditional ISIS style of execution, the five-minute video shows the victims in orange jumpsuits – each caught by an ISIS terrorists near a beach.
Released by Al Hayat Media Center, the media division of ISIS, the video is titled, “A Message Signed with Blood to the Nation of the Cross.”
The video subtitle begins with the message, “The people of the cross, the followers of the hostile Egyptian church.”
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As the hostages sit on their knees, the masked spokesman of the terrorists in the video speaks in English language to warn: “All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together. Therefore we will fight you all together. The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”
After beheading the hostages, a message appears on the screen: “The filthy blood is just some of what awaits you, in revenge for Camelia and her sisters.”
Camelia Shehata is an Egyptian Coptic woman and school teacher who is believed to have converted to Islam to escape an unhappy marriage to a Coptic priest, Tadros Samaan.
After her disappearance in 2010, Camelia was arrested by Egyptian police and returned to Church. Muslim fundamentalists believe that the Church held a Muslim woman as hostage. They avenged Camelia’s captivity by beheading Coptic Christian hostages, as the video message said.
Finally in the video, the terrorists’ spokesman with knife in his blood-stained hand says, “We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. President Barack Obama has submitted a draft proposal to Congress that would authorize the continued use of military force against ISIS terrorists. Currently, America’s armed forces are working with over 60 nations to defeat ISIS.
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