JUNIOR JIHADI of ISIS parades around with the decapitated head of victim (WARNING: Graphic)

The Islamic State (ISIS) social networking site has a photo showing a child holding a severed head amid a gathering of other children, which was tweeted and went viral with an attached phrase that said “This is how the cubs of the Caliphate are raised up”, boasting of this heinous act.

Shoebat This image comes after the disclosure that the children are being trained to kill in the name of religion, in the framework of the preparation of the Islamic state raising a generation of fighters to rid the world of “infidels”

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While the above image is indeed gruesome, it pales in comparison to this actual beheading of a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official by a 12-year-old boy (WARNING: Extremely Graphic)

NEWS OK  Pakistan (AP) — The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive’s head to cries of “God is great!” and hoists it in triumph by the hair. 

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The video, which was obtained by AP Television News in the border city of Peshawar, appears authentic and is unprecedented in jihadist propaganda because of the youth of the executioner. An Associated Press reporter confirmed Nabi’s identity by visiting his family in Kili Faqiran, their remote village in southwestern Pakistan.

The footage shows the accused Pakistani spy of making what is described as a confession, being blindfolded with a checkered scarf. “He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate,” says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified.

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A continuous 2 1/2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out “Allahu akbar!” – “God is great!” – as blood spurts from the wound. The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man’s neck until the head is severed.

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SYRIA: Heads roll in the battle of the terrorists vs the terrorists (WARNING: Graphic Images)

Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists get their heads handed to them…literally…as a rival terror group called the Islamic Front beheads seven ISIS terrorists.

Syrian Fight  Seven IS fighters were beheaded by rival fighters in Aleppo countryside. The first picture with seven severed heads is from Aktharin, the second was taken somewhere in the northern part of the Aleppo governorate. The photos were taken in the last few days during the battles between the Islamic battalions and IS. Responsible for this crime is probably the Islamic Front.

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SYRIA: ISIS (Islamic State) massacre at Tabqa airbase in Raqqah (WARNING: Graphic Images)

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Fierce clashes are taking place around the Tabqa airbase in Raqqah countryside between the Syrian Army and the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Syrian state TV confirmed that government forces had evacuated the airbase, saying they were regrouping and were conducting airstrikes.

Syrian Fight  During the clashes around 374 Islamic State fighters were killed according to the SOHR. IS fighters displayed the severed heads of Syrian army soldiers in the city square, a witness said, adding that Syrian warplanes were heard over Raqqa following the air base attack. Earlier on Sunday the Syrian air force had bombed areas around the base.

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OBAMA LIED! Islam is indeed a religion that condones ISIS’ barbaric beheadings (WARNING: Very Graphic)

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Muslim terrorists are obsessed with beheading enemies and unbelievers. Not beheading by sword, the most humane if there is one, form of decapitation, but beheading with a knife, often a dull one, to cause the victim the most suffering and agony possible.

Middle East Forum  Images of masked terrorists standing behind Western hostages in Iraq and Saudi Arabia have become all too common on Arabic satellite stations such as Al-Jazeera and Al-Mana, not to mention websites like Bare Naked Islam.

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The beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, true to its intention, horrified the Western audience. Chechen rebels, egged on by Islamist benefactors, had adopted the practice four years earlier,[2] but the absence of widely broadcast videos limited the psychological impact of hostage decapitation.

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 In Iraq, terrorists filmed the beheadings of Americans Nicholas Berg, Jack Hensley, and Eugene Armstrong. Other victims include Turks, an Egyptian, a Korean, Bulgarians, a British businessman, and a Nepalese. Scores of Iraqis, both Kurds and Arabs, have also fallen victim to Islamist terrorists’ knives. The new fad in terrorist brutality has extended to Saudi Arabia where Islamist terrorists murdered American businessman Paul Johnson, whose head was later discovered in a freezer in an Al-Qaeda hideout.

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A variation upon this theme would be the practice of Islamists slitting the throats of those opponents they label infidels. This is what happened to Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, first gunned down and then mutilated on an Amsterdam street,[3] and to an Egyptian Coptic family in New Jersey after the father had angered Islamists with Internet chat room criticisms of Islam.

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Apologetics and Reality

Some American commentators say that Islamist decapitations are intended as psychological warfare and devoid of any true Islamic content. Imam Muhammad Adam al-Sheikh, head of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, for example, claimed incorrectly that “beheadings are not mentioned in the Koran at all.”[5] Asma Afsaruddin, an associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, also misrepresented Islamic theology and history when she told a reporter, “There is absolutely no religious imperative for this.”[6] 

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as well as the American Anti-Arab Discrimination Committee (ADC) have both signed on to a statement that such killings “did not represent the tenets of Islam.”[7] Sam Hamod, former director of the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., claimed that the Qur’anic passage on beheading unbelievers did not actually mean that people should be killed.[8] 

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Such fulminations have had an effect: the Western news media has, perhaps as a result of political correctness or its own bias, twisted the reality of Islamic history and propagated such revisionism. With such apologetics, Western academics either display basic ignorance of their fields or purposely mislead. The intelligentsia’s denial of any religious roots to the recent spate of decapitation has parallels in the logical back flips and kid-glove treatments in which many professors engaged in order to deny a religious basis for violent jihad.[9] Afsaruddin and Hamod aside, Islamists justify murder and decapitation with both theological citations and historical precedent.

Decapitation in Islamic Theology

Groups such as Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi’s Al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad (Unity and Jihad) and Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Hasan bin Mahmud’s Ansar al-Sunna (Defenders of [Prophetic] Tradition)[10]justify the decapitation of prisoners with Qur’anic scripture. Sura (chapter) 47 contains the ayah(verse): “When you encounter the unbelievers on the battlefield, strike off their heads until you have crushed them completely; then bind the prisoners tightly.”[11] 

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The Qur’anic Arabic terms are generally straightforward: kafaru means “those who blaspheme/are irreligious,” althoughDarb ar-riqab is less clear. Darb can mean “striking or hitting” while ar-riqab translates to “necks, slaves, persons.” With little variation, scholars have translated the verse as, “When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks.”[12]

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Many recent interpretations remain consistent with those of a millennium ago. In his Saudi-distributed translation of the Qur’an, ‘Abdullah Yusuf ‘Ali (d. 1953) wrote that the injunction to “smite at their necks,” should be taken both literally and figuratively. “You cannot wage war with kid gloves,” Yusuf ‘Ali argued.[15] 

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Muhammad Muhammad Khatib, in a modern Sunni commentary bearing the imprimatur of Al-Azhar university in Cairo, says that while traditionalist Muslims tend to see this passage as only applying to the Prophet’s time, Shi’ites “think it is a universal precept.”[16] Ironically, then in this view, Zarqawi has adopted the exegesis of his religious nemeses. Perhaps the most influential modern recapitulation of this passage was provided by the influential Pakistani scholar and leading Islamist thinker S. Abul A’ la Mawdudi (d. 1979), who argued that the sura provided the first Qur’anic prescriptions on the laws of war. 

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Another, albeit less-frequently, cited Qur’anic passage also sanctions beheadings of non-Muslims. Sura 8:12 reads: “I will cast dread into the hearts of the unbelievers. Strike off their heads, then, and strike off all of their fingertips.” The point of this opening phrase—to “cast dread” or, as some translations have it, “instill terror”—has now been adopted by Islamist terrorists to justify decapitation of hostages.

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Decapitation in Islamic History

While some Islamists might justify murder of prisoners on Qur’anic prescription, others reinforce their conclusions by drawing analogies to events during the almost 1,400 years of Islamic history. Here beheading of captives is a recurring theme. Both Islamic regimes and their opposition have utilized beheadings as both military and judicial policy.

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The practice of beheading non-Muslim captives extends back to the Prophet himself. Ibn Ishaq (d. 768 C.E.), the earliest biographer of Muhammad, is recorded as saying that the Prophet ordered the execution by decapitation of 700 men of the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe in Medina for allegedly plotting against him.[21] Islamic leaders from Muhammad’s time until today have followed his model. Examples of decapitation, of both the living and the dead, in Islamic history are myriad. Yusuf b. Tashfin (d. 1106) led the Al-Murabit (Almoravid) Empire to conquer from western Sahara to central Spain.

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The Ottoman Empire was the decapitation state par excellence. Upon the Ottoman victory over Christian Serbs at the battle of Kosovo in 1389, the Muslim army beheaded the Serbian king and scores of Christian prisoners. At the battle of Varna in 1444, the Ottomans beheaded King Ladislaus of Hungary and “put his head at the tip of a long pike … and brandished it toward the Poles and Hungarians.” Upon the fall of Constantinople, the Ottomans sent the head of the dead Byzantine emperor on tour to major cities in the sultan’s domains.

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In the early nineteenth century, even the British fell victim to the Ottoman scimitar. An 1807 British expedition to Egypt resulted in “a few hundred spiked British heads left rotting in the sun outside Rosetta.”[23]

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Decapitation has also been quite common among Muslims whenever orthodoxy confronts Mahdist movements. According to Islamic tradition, the Mahdi, or “rightly-guided one” will come before the end of time to usher in a worldwide, perfect Islamic state.

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Beheading has particular prominence in Saudi Arabia. In 2003 alone, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia beheaded more than fifty people.[30] (However, the Saudis tend to use the less brutal form of decapiation by the sword) This number included both Muslim and non-Muslim workers. Over the past two decades, the Saudis have decapitated at least 1,100 for alleged crimes ranging from drug running to witchcraft and apostasy.[31] The Saudi government not only uses beheadings to punish criminals but also to terrorize potential opponents.

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All these various justifications contribute to the rash of beheadings in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.  Increasingly, Islamist groups conflate “unbelievers,” “combatants,” and prisoners of war, which, coupled with their claim to Islamic legitimacy, provides them with a license to decapitate.

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Conclusion

Islam is the only major world religion today that is cited by both state and non-state actors to legitimize beheadings. And two major aspects of decapitation in an Islamic context should be noted: first, the practice has both Qur’anic and historical sanction. It is not the product of a fabricated tradition. Second, in contradiction to the assertions of apologists, both Muslim and non-Muslim, these beheadings are not simply a brutal method of drawing attention to the Islamist political agenda and weakening opponents’ will to fight.

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ISIS and other Islamists who practice decapitation believe that God has ordained them to obliterate their enemies in this manner. Islam is, for this determined minority of Muslims, anything but a “religion of peace.” It is, rather, a religion of the sword with the blade forever at the throat of the unbeliever.

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In the video below, Tarek Fatah erroneously claims there is no quranic basis for beheading in Islam but mentions that sharia law and the hadiths provide more than enough Islamic justification for it.

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Pictures of several beheaded Syrian soldiers at Tabqa airbase in Raqqah countryside (WARNING: Graphic)

Fierce clashes are taking place around the Tabqa airbase in Raqqah countryside between the Syrian Army and the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Syrian state TV confirmed that government forces had evacuated the airbase, saying they were regrouping and were conducting airstrikes.

Syrian Fight During the clashes around 374 Islamic State fighters were killed according to the SOHR. IS fighters displayed the severed heads of Syrian army soldiers in the city square, a witness said, adding that Syrian warplanes were heard over Raqqa following the air base attack. 

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SYRIA: More beheadings of Christians, one a Catholic priest, by al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups in June of 2013 (WARNING: Extremely Graphic)

bloody-knifeRegular BNI readers have seen this, but for all the new people who have found their way to BNI because of the beheading of an American journalist, here are a few you probably missed: Three Christians were beheaded, one of them a Catholic priest, Franciscan Father Francois Murad, now confirmed by the Vatican, whom the terrorists accused of collaborating with the Assad regime.

Catholic.org (h/t Paul P)  This should make it clear to Christians around the world what jihadists are about. Make no mistake. Catholics and Christians around the globe are under dire threat, particularly from the spread of militant Islam. Until the threat is recognized and taken seriously, martyrdoms like this will continue. Apparently Father Murad is the first one beheaded in the below video.

Listen to the “Allahu Akbars” of the cheering crowd of spectators. Families bring their children to watch the gruesome beheadings by al-Qaeda-linked ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. The dull knife used is a trademark of al-Qaeda.

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UK Jihadist taunts American government, praising beheading of American journalist, James Foley

Calls grow for a social media blackout of ISIS terrorists. No! Let them post more to show the world what the Islamic Caliphate is all about.

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UK Daily Mail  A young  jihadist from Britain has taunted the U.S. government with sickening messages on Twitter praising the brutal execution of kidnapped American photojournalist James Foley. Nasser Muthanna, 20, sent a number of tweets mocking U.S. efforts to defend Iraq’s Yazidi minority from genocide at the hands ISIS militants, saying they ‘can’t even protect their own citizens’.

The father of the Cardiff-raised militant – who appeared in a chilling ISIS recruitment video earlier this year and travelled to Syria with his brother Aseel, 17, and friend Reyaad Khan, 20 – has described Foley’s videoed execution as being ‘like something out of the dark ages’.

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Muthanna’s provocative messages come amid a global Twitter campaign to starve media-savvy ISIS militants of the publicity they desperately crave by using the hashtag #ISISMediaBlackout. Muthanna is believed to be among at least 500 highly radicalized British Muslims fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

In the shocking footage of Foley’s beheading with a small knife, his executioner addresses the camera in what appears to be a London or southern English accent. The video prompted Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond to vow Britain would ‘oppose ISIS with every breath in our body’, adding that British troops could be sent to help train Iraqi government soldiers to counter the growing threat ISIS militants pose.

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The warnings appeared to have had little impact on Islamists online however, who gleefully shared sickening images and videos of Foley’s execution – which they branded ‘hilarious’.

Muthanna was among those leading the taunts, tweeting: ‘So America wants to protect Yezidis from genocide but can’t even protect their own citizens from getting decapitated #AmessagefromIStoUS.’ He also retweeted other messages saying they were proud’ of the British executioner. 

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The message said: ‘I am so proud of that foreign muhajir akh, British, who climbed the ranks and shook America to it’s knees.’

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He was joined by other ISIS members and sympathisers – among them a woman calling herself Haritha, who claims to be the ‘wife of a martyr’ and living in ISIS’ self-declared caliphate – known as the Islamic State, which stretches from north-west Syria to central Iraq.

Posting a disturbing image of the moment the executioner begins cutting Foley’s throat with a small knife, the attention-seeking Islamist said: ‘If this doesn’t bring a bit of comfort and ease to your heart then #checkyourself’.

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Another American (Jewish?) journalist who will become ISIS’ next victim 

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JAMES FOLEY, American photojournalist, has been beheaded by the Islamic State (ISIS) savages

A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley (photos below) and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq. BNI readers have seen countless savage beheading videos by ISIS. To see for yourself, click HERE (WARNING: Graphic)

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CNN  In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. He reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America. “I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” Foley can be heard saying in the video. He is then shown being beheaded. The National Security Council is aware of the video.

“The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available,” NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

 The beheader seems to have a British accent. WARNING: Graphic

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Here are more of the latest ISIS beheadings from Aleppo, Syria:

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SYRIA: Islamic State (ISIS) massacres at least 700 from the al-Sha’aitat tribe in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor (WARNING: Graphic)

The “Islamic State (IS)” has massacred according to a report of the SOHR over 700 al-Sha’aitat tribe members in the last two weeks in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor. The monitoring group said that 100 fighters were among the members of the al-Sha’aitat tribe who were killed in several villages in the mainly IS-controlled eastern province of Deir ez-Zor.

Syrian Fight  The following pictures were mainly published on Twitter and Facebook, stating that they were members of the al-Sha’aitat clan.

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Repost of the gruesome video from this slaughter for those who didn’t see it before:

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SYRIA: More beheadings by the savages of the Islamic State (WARNING: Extremely graphic)

The Islamic State (ISIS) Muslim savages have crushed a pocket of resistance to gain control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing/beheading 23 others in just the past five days.

Liveleak  (h/t Martin) The terrorists, who are also making rapid advances in Iraq, are tightening their grip in Syria, of which they now control roughly a third, mostly rural areas in the north and east.

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