USA Today: ISIS Video Purports to Show Killing of Ethiopian Christians

Originally published at USA Today.

A video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State-affiliated militants in Libya has been released online.

The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, one by an affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka Province and the other by the Fazzan Province, an affiliate in the south.

A masked fighter wielding a pistol says Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran, before the captives in the south are shown being shot dead and the captives in the east are beheaded on a beach.

In January, militants loyal to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, claimed responsibility for an attack on the Corinthia hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli that left 10 people including an American and four other foreigners dead.

Extremist groups, including some that have pledged allegiance to ISIL, have risen in the country since the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

In February, Egypt began airstrikes against ISIL targets in Libya hours after militants released a video purporting to show the mass beheading of Egyptian Christian hostages.

ISIL controls vast swaths of Syria and neighboring Iraq. The extremists were recently driven out of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit by Iraqi forces and allied Shiite militias, helped by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

The battle for Tikrit was seen as a key step toward driving the militants out of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

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  • CaptRichard Sequeira says:

    April 20, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Jesus said ” Those who live by the sword will die by the sword ” Similarly those who live by bullets and bombs will die by bullets and bombs . That is how ISIS will die . ISIS is not Muslim but Satanist and Anti Christian and also Anti Muslim . About nine months ago, they demolished a Sunni Mosque that was built over the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah. They have demolished over 8 Sunni Shrines and many Shia Shrines , they have burnt many churches some over 1800 years old . They are nothing but terrorist who are Muslim in name and Satan in game . They have destroyed `1800 year old churches in Iraq and Syria and killed 1000s of Muslims . They are so terrible that a terrible terrorist organization like Al Qaeda has banned them . They are the lowest of the low . Any moderate Muslim in Iraq, Syria , the world will agree to that . Jesus is mentioned 25 times in the Koran . It is mentioned that He was born through the will of God . through the power of the Holy Spirit through virgin birth, That He is a sinless human being , That He is alive in the present , That in His name the sick are healed , The Demons cast out and the dead come back to life , He is called Word of God and the Spirit of God . Who can be the Spirit of God ? Except Gods Son ? Would the Word of God ever lie ? Never ! Jesus Himself said ” God is my Father , He sent me to give the Good News to the World . He said he is the way the truth and the life .He is Jesus the Christ the ONLY SON of God what these ISIS terrorist and their likes are destroying is what belongs to Jesus Christ and they are doing this by being the instruments of the Anti Christ and Satan . It is truly shameful that Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi who claims to be a PhD in Islamic studies does not know the truth about Jesus Christ and Christianity , and Mohamed and Islam . All He wants to be is the Caliph of the Islamic Caliphate that he and his fanatical followers have declared in Iraq and Syria , the Islamic State of Iraq Syria . Can you imagine what will happen if they get entrenched in this area in Syria and Iraq, then in the Arab world and then MENA . It already makes the Al Qaeda and Taliban look like small and insignificant groups. We must pray that with the help of God they are defeated and that all the fighters who are fighting them Muslims , Christian and Jews win this war against terrorism that is affecting the whole world.
    Jesus said In John 10:10 . I came to give you Satan and his lies . They will die the same way and they have lived with the sword and the gun , and also others like them in MENA .

    • athrillofhope says:

      April 24, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      Your heart concerning ISIS is endearing and appreciated.

      The crux of the issue here is the PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST. This is the single issue that divides the Middle East, that separates Christians from both the Jews and the Muslims. Jesus claimed to be GOD Himself in the flesh. “In the beginning was The Word, … and the The Word was God … The Word became flesh and dwelt awhile among us.”

      Remove this single truth about Jesus Christ, and nothing else matters in all of life–not even His Resurrection (for God can raise anyone He wishes from the dead: Lazarus was raised from the dead, but Lazarus has done nothing for us and our ultimate calamity with God: our fallen sin nature and rebellion against God).

      Satan will pay lip service all day long to Jesus Christ if that allows him to deceive and lead others astray. The one thing Satan and his minions will never concede is that Jesus Christ is The One True Living God the Son in the flesh.

      So please be careful as you seemingly attempt to couch Islam as if it is somehow favorable to Christianity. It is not. Islam was founded exclusively as a movement to attack and defeat Christianity. The Dome of the Rock, Islam’s most iconic and perhaps most visible and important symbol of conquest over both Judaism and Christianity (as it is built over the original Temple built by Solomon) has written around the top of the outside dome inscriptions that deny the Jesus has come in the flesh and that deny Jesus is the God the Son made manifest: Islam denies the single most important aspect of Christianity.

      And the best lies, as we may all know, are the ones that contain “mostly truth” and have just the right twist of distortion and deception to them.

  • suzanne says:

    April 20, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    The thing that really bothers me is that if Christians just go away and stop fighting, the fighting will increase because a power vacuum will be created. Maybe Obama thinks that if he ignores the “Christian Problem” that who cares if Muslims take over, the problem is that Muslims fight with each other they always have and always will! This has got to be the stupidest president ever!