With the killing of these teenagers and the attack on Japan,, will President Obama address Violent Extremists during the State of the Union?
WASHINGTON, January 20, 2015 – Thirteen teenage boys were machined gunned to death and left to lay on the streets, parents not allowed to gather their children’s bullet ridden bodies.
Before the kids were killed, their “crime” was announced over a loudspeaker, reports said.
“The bodies remained lying in the open and their parents were unable to withdraw them for fear of murder by the terrorist organization,” the group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silenty (RIBSS) posted on its website.
The children were caught watching watching an Asian Cup match between Iraq and Jordan on TV a game that Iraq won, beating Jordan 1-0 in the Jan. 12 match, which took place in Brisbane, Australia.
The group of teens was executed in public by a militant firing squad in the Iraqi city of Mosul that the Islamic State now controls.
While ISIS has conducted several high profile attacks on Westerners, most of their efforts are against other Muslims who do not follow their strict brand of Islam. ISIS considers these individuals “infidels.” Just a few days ago, the Islamic State released a gruesome video showing two men being flung off a tower in Mosul.
Before the execution, a masked fighter using a hand-held radio announced to a crowd of onlookers that the condemned duo had been found guilty of engaging in homosexual activities.
Maybe the fact that allegedly gay men were killed will motivate the Administration to take stronger action against the Islamic State.
In a now all too familiar video tableau of blue sky and sandy terrain, a video released the Islamic State shows two Japanese men, held hostage, a tall, sword wielding militant draped in black, only eyes and hands visible.
The ransom demand is to “compensate the militants” for the non-military aid Japanese Prime Minister Ahnzo Abe has pledge to countries affected by Militant Extremist violence.
“You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” he says.
The hostages are reported to be Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa who are wearing orange jumpsuits.
“I strongly demand that they not be harmed and that they be immediately released,” he told a news conference in Jerusalem.
“The international community will not give in to terrorism and we have to make sure that we work together.”
Abe said the aid he had promised in Cairo on Saturday was to help the displaced and those made homeless by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
“This posture will not change at all,” he said.
The men will be beheaded unless ISIS receives a $200 million ransom, which Tokyo has refused, saying they will not bow to terrorism. The men are the first Japanese captives threatened by the group that had murdered five Western hostages, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Peter Kassig, Alan Henning, since August of last year.
Opposition had hoped that winter storms would hold militants back, however US military officials say the terrorists are completely unfazed by brutal weather conditions that have plagued Syrian and Iraqi refugees currently being helped by the United Nations.
“[ISIS] is a well-funded group, able to purchase cold-weather equipment,” said one US military official.
“Also, while there are some foreign fighters, the vast majority of [ISIS] are from the area, so they know how to adjust for weather conditions,” the official added.
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