Why did Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) change its usual method of killing from beheading to burning?
By Rakesh Raman
In the past few months, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed many of its hostages by beheading them. But its latest victim – a Jordanian pilot – met with the worst fate, as he was burnt alive by the terrorists.
Here’s the scene of pilot’s death: Moaz al-Kassasbeh is locked in a cage. A terrorist lights a rope from a distance of about 10 meters. The other end of the rope is in the cage. The trail of fuel on the rope leads the fire to the cage.
Moaz al-Kassasbeh keeps jiggling in pain, as the flames are slowly consuming him. And finally his charred body falls down in the cage. A bulldozer comes and crushes the cage along with the remains of the pilot’s body.
The terrorists not only killed him but also shot a 22-minute film that was circulated through various video-sharing sites. It was such a heart-wrenching film that most would prefer not to watch it.
But why did ISIS change its usual method of killing from beheading to burning?
Apparently, a woman is behind this barbarity. A Muslim woman dressed in a burqa recently released a video message in Arabic language for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
She appealed to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to revive the barbaric Ottoman method of execution to terrorize pilots so they should not join the forces that attack ISIS. The woman suggested not to kill Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh mercifully by using a bullet or a knife; but he should be given a torturous death by using Khazouk.
A fictional demonstration of Khazouk:
In this method, a Khazouk – which is a pointed rod – is pushed through the victim’s rectum till it comes out near the shoulder with a gush of blood.
Although ISIS didn’t use the Khazouk, it used an equally barbaric way to murder Moaz al-Kassasbeh by burning him alive.
It’s believed that in Jihad, a call to Caliph from a Muslim woman must be honored. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph of the Islamic State, heard the call and burnt the Jordanian pilot alive.
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