An Egyptian terror group linked to ISIS executed three men, one of whom was a Coptic Christian, setting them up as an example of what happens if you help the country’s armed forces.
The Daily Mail reports that In a video released on Saturday, Nabil Habashi Salama, 62, a member of Egypt’s minority Coptic Orthodox Church, was seen being shot in the back of the head.
A militant with his face blurred, an AK-47 slung across his side, and his index finger raised to the sky warned the “Christians of Egypt” that “this is the price you pay for supporting the Egyptian army.”
He then lifted the gun and shot a single bullet into Salama’s head while flanked by two other men holding weapons.
After accusing them of battling with the Egyptian armed forces, two other militants executed two tribesmen in a similar manner.
The spokesman for the Coptic Church who identified Salama noted that Salama kept the faith until he was killed. He had been active in helping to rebuild the churches that were destroyed by Islamists and had been missing since last November.
“The church affirms its steadfast support of the Egyptian state’s efforts in quelling hateful terror acts,” said the church spokesman.
Since at least 2011, Egypt has been battling a jihadist insurgency in northern Sinai, which includes local tribal organizations, Al Qaeda, and Wilayat Sinai, a pre-existing insurgent group that pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2014.
According to Stanford University’s terror monitoring service, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis’ initial goal was to rid nearby Jerusalem of western control and eliminate any Israeli presence in Egypt.
Following the Arab Spring’s 2011 overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak, the group shifted its focus to pushing the Egyptian army out of Sinai and seizing control of the city.
In revenge for the death of their bosses in Iraq and Syria, ISIS terrorists in December 2019 killed 11 hostages, 10 of them Christians, on Christmas Day. According to a video released by the criminals, the action was intended to avenge Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, the leaders killed by U.S. special forces on Oct. 26 and 27. According to the White House,
Al-Baghdadi’s death was considered more significant by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani than Osama bin-Laden’s death.
According to Breitbart’s analysis, during the Obama administration, ISIS claimed 41,213 deaths, 3,174 terrorist attacks and 46 decapitations. During Trump’s term these figures fell to 15,728 deaths, 2,079 terrorist attacks, and 12 beheadings.
In June 2017, thanks to a joint operation with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a mainly Kurdish militia, the U.S. Army defeated ISIS on its territory and eliminated its so-called caliphate. Then-President Trump declared that ISIS had been defeated.
On Oct. 26, 2019, U.S. Army Special Forces found ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Iraq. He fled into a tunnel and detonated his explosive vest and died.
The Wilson Center published detail of all the consecutive leaders’ casualties that ISIS had: From September 2019 to August 2020, the United States and its allies eliminated many high-level leaders of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, including:
- Qassim al Rimi, founder and emir of al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate, killed by a U.S. airstrike in Yemen in January 2020.
- Abdullah Orakzai (nom de guerre Aslam Farooqi), founding member and emir of ISIS in Afghanistan, arrested by Afghan intelligence officials on April 4, 2020.
- Abdelmalek Droukdal, emir of al Qaeda’s North African affiliate, killed by French Special Forces in Mali on June 3, 2020.
- Khalid al Aruri, deputy emir and de facto leader of al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, killed by a U.S. drone strike in Syria on June 14, 2020.