Cairo, Egypt – The Islamic State released a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. The Egyptians were members of the Coptic Church.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt stated that his nation would retaliate. Although Islam is the most prevalent religion in Egypt and the freedom of religion is threatened in the nation, it is relatively better than neighboring nations. The Egyptian government has historically protected religious minorities from outside attacks, especially the Coptic Christians.
The ISIS militants are reported to be in Libya. Tensions along the Egyptian-Libya border have been on the rise. Egypt is in the midst of its own insurgency and the Islamic State militants have made overtures towards allying with the insurgents. This incident could spark Egypt to join the coalition against the Islamic State.
In the video, the militants said:
“The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church.”
“Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for.”
The Egyptian President declared seven days of mourning in response to the beheadings.
President Obama has the US media using this incident as proof that Congress cannot limit the scope of the new war that the President is attempting to sell to the American people.
UPDATE: Egypt has confirmed it has launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets within Libya.