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Libyan Newswire

The Islamic State Has Gone Viral [analysis]

Just in case there was any lingering doubt about its intentions, the Islamic State underlined their arrival in Africa in typically brutal fashion. By beheading 21 Egyptian Christians, and precipitating an aerial assault in Libya, the radical Islamist group showed that the tactics which have worked so well in Iraq and Syria are just as effective elsewhere. Be afraid. By SIMON ALLISON.

The video is straight from the Islamic State playbook. Black-clad, balaclava-ed fighters, check terrified prisoners in orange jump suits, check gory violence and slick propaganda slogans, check. By the end of the five-minute video, all 21 prisoners are dead – beheaded, of course, a method of execution that has become an Islamic State trademark.

“All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together. Therefore we will fight you all together,” said one of the militants, the rhetoric typically bombastic. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood

There was one departure from the norm, however. This video wasn’t shot in Iraq or Syria, or anywhere near the Islamic State’s headquarters. It came from nearly 3,000 kilometres…

Source : Daily Maverick