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Beheadings show brutality typical of Islamic State, says Iraqi archbishop

September 03, 2014

The beheadings of American journalists are typical examples of the brutality of the Islamic State, an Iraqi bishop told the Asia News service.

“We are not faced with exceptional deeds,” said Archbishop Shimoun Emil Nona of Mosul, “because this modus operandi by the Islamic army is a normal thing.”

“They have massacred so many people, but nobody is talking about it,” the archbishop said, referring to the killings of Christians and other minorities in northern Iraq. He said that the videotaped killings of two American journalists were intended as propaganda, to challenge the American people.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Sep. 03, 2014 6:51 PM ET USA

    As the bishop states, beheadings are typical examples of the brutality of ISIS. But beyond that, and far more alarming, beheadings are typical of the brutality of the Koran itself. Sura 47:3, for example, tells believers: "When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks." Mohammed himself ordered the beheading in Medina of 700 Jews who he thought plotted against him. Since that time, beheading has been a constantly recurring feature of Islam. The West glosses over these facts at its peril.