CAIRO (Christian Examiner) – After Islamic State terrorists released a video of its members burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot trapped in a cage, Jordan's King Abdullah vowed to attack the jihadists until his military runs out of bullets.
Now, after a video emerged showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian citizens, Coptic Christians captured in Libya, both Egypt and Libya have actively joined the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS (also known Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL), with Egypt's air force bombing weapons caches and training camps in undisclosed locations in Libya and Libya's warplanes striking targets in Darna, which was overtaken by Islamic extremists last year.
The video which surfaced Sunday, recorded the gruesome beheadings on a beach with warnings pronounced by the apparent leader that "The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden's body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood," according to the Guardian, a British newspaper. This is an apparent reference to the circumstances of Osama bin Laden's death and burial. Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces during a 2011 raid in Pakistan. He was buried within 24 hours in accordance with Muslim religious tenets, but at sea by the U.S. Navy after Muslim countries refused to accept the body, Time reported.
As the Egyptian men were simultaneously executed in the video, the speaker threatened to expand it's guerilla tactics to Italy. Pointing northward he exclaims, "We will conquer Rome, by Allah's permission."
Egypt's military action followed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's promise to punish "the criminals" of ISIS.
After the successful mission into Libya, Egypt's Armed Forces General Command announced via state radio the strikes were "to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers." The military statement also warned "those far and near" that "Egyptians have a shield that protects them," CBS News reported.
Coptic Church leaders are believers.
Church officials issued a statement telling followers they should have "confidence that their great nation won't rest without retribution for the evil criminals."