While popularity polls and positive sound bytes are ever so important to Western politicians, the steadily strengthening ISIS terrorist army gives the very real impression they could give a Tinker’s Damn less what the Western press, politicians or self-appointed hash tag diplomats think of them. Case in point would be the reports coming out of the Middle East and North Africa that the Islamic Jihadists have not only have charged forward in their seemingly non-stop butchery of innocents, they also have stepped up their death by fire executions of anyone with the backbone to fight back.
As reported by the International Business Times (India edition) on Feb. 14, 2015, the terrorists paraded 17 caged Kurdish Peshmerga freedom fighters through the occupied Iraqi city of Kirkuk, reportedly on their way to be burned alive in the same fashion as they recently executed Royal Jordanian Air Force Lt. Mu’ath al-Kasasba. While ISIS claims to adhere to the Sunni branch of Islam as do many of the Kurds of northern Iraq, the jihadists seem not to have much of a problem slaughtering the Kurds wholesale.
In a video released by the terrorists on social media, Britain’s The Independent notes on Feb. 14, 2015 that crowds lines the streets of Kirkuk to voice their opinion of the impending death sentence on the 17 Kurds. As reporter Lizzie Dearden penned, “People lining the streets could be heard jeering and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) as they passed one by one on the back of flat bed vans.”
Long known for being fiercely independent, the Kurds by-and-large reject the ISIS goal of a world-wide hard-core Islamist caliphate, instead opting for a Kurdish homeland encompassing a region covering northern Iraq, northwest Iran, and southeastern Turkey. Rejecting Islamic Jihad, the Kurds openly fight side-by-side with the area’s many Christian and Yazidi minorities who’ve seen their communities victims of especially viscous ISIS attacks, to include crucifixions, beheadings and many boys and girls being sold into sexual slavery.
Flexing its muscle, ISIS has expanded its terror network to Libya, where the Christian-centered Assyrian International News Agency reported on Feb. 12, 2015, that 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who were kidnapped last Christmastide have just been beheaded by the Libyan branch of ISIS, which goes by the tag of Ansar al-Sharia. This group has long been known to have ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist group that is most famous for the 9/11 attack on the United States, and the 7/7 attack on Great Britain.
The Egyptian Copts were originally from many of the impoverished Christian villages of the Upper Egypt region of the nation. Attempting to eek out enough money to keep their families fed, clothed, and housed, the men traveled to Libya to seek employment even in the most menial construction jobs. ISIS released a statement claiming the kidnapping of the workers “commemorates” the October 2010 bombing of a Chaldean-rite Catholic Church in Baghdad which killed 58 worshippers.