Another mass execution of Christians by Islamic State
A new video released by Islamic State shows at least 30 Ethiopian Christians being executed. While it's not clear how many Christians were killed, Reuters is reporting that at least 30 men in two groups were beheaded or shot.
The 29-minute online video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives. It says one group is held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka Province and the other by an affiliate in the south calling itself the Fazzan Province.
A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran.
The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.
It was not immediately clear who the captives were or when they were captured. It was also not clear how many captives were killed.
The video bore the official logo of the IS media arm Al-Furqan and resembled previous videos released by the extremist group, including one in February in which IS militants in Libya beheaded 21 captured Egyptian Christians on a beach.
The Islamic State group has been able to gain a foothold amid the chaos in Libya, where two governments backed by rival alliances of militias are battling each other as well as extremist groups.
You get the feeling that no matter how the war is going for IS elsewhere that they will continue to kill Christians until someone physically stops them.
The same thing happened at the end of World War II with the Nazis. With American and Russian troops overrunning their country, the Germans in charge of the gas chambers kept them running until allied soldiers showed up at the gates of the camps. For IS, this is a holy mission and no number of setbacks on the battlefield will stop the carnage against Christians.