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We Conservatives have lost; The Liberals are coming!

We Conservatives have lost; The Liberals are coming!

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What have “we” become as a nation?  Who is the “we”?  With over 80% of Americans believing in God, guns, and the Confederate flag, how come “we” as a nation have turned in such a terrible direction. Most Americans do not support Obamacare, gay marriage, removal of the Confederate flag, removal of “in God we trust”, or giving Iran the bomb.

Most of us (over 85%) believe the border should be secured with a fence, illegals deported, illegals taken off welfare, welfare in general is too large, taxes are too high, the deficit is out of control, that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery, the military should not be decimated as it has been over the last 7 years, and the Second Amendment is a guaranteed constitutional right.

So “we the people” believe in all of the above.  But where are the “we’s”?

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Red is Conservative voting counties.

Obama barely won the last two elections.  Basically a 51/49 split.  So the numbers don’t add up.  80+% conservative thinking Americans but 51% voted liberally.  Huh?  Doesn’t add up even for those of you with weak math skills.

I am impressed with Obama.

In 7 years he gave us “Change We Can Believe In”.  Believe him now?

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2008 Presidential Election

In 7 years he has lead change in our country that most of us thought we’d never see in this country.  Gay marriage. National healthcare. Iran with a nuclear bomb.  Russia flying military aircraft into our airspace.  Complete decimation of our military strength and fighting ability. A border so open hundreds of thousands of illegals cross each year encouraged by our government to do.

Most conservatives think we will turn our country around.  It won’t EVER happen!

We’ve lost!

And we aren’t ever turning back.  Too many people have been deeply influenced by the liberal main stream media.  The rage right now is the removal of the Confederate Flag.  The states of Alabama and South Carolina, two deeply conservative states, have removed this flag.  Did you think you’d ever see the South cave into this sort of pressure.  I’m am extremely disappointed in those states giving in.

But in other news right now, a 32 year old white woman walking down the streets of San Fran with her dad was brutally killed by an illegal alien (hispanic) and a young white male in DC on his way to celebrate the 4th was killed by a black man who wanted the white guy’s cell phone.  Stab him 40 times on a moving subway car while other’s watched.

How many of you have cried out for these two white victims?   Looted? Destroyed buildings and cars? Even protested? How many of you have even heard of these incidents?

Where’s the media coverage?  Where’s the outrage? 85% of us should be outraged.  Instead the 15% are worried about the Confederate Flag.  Its so bad Memphis is digging up a Confederate Civil War hero, and his wife, and moving the bodies!

15% protested, looted, and destroyed a city over a black thug being killed as he was attacking a white police office when the thug was beating him up and attempting to take his gun. 15% protested, looted, and destroyed a city when police (black police mind you) killed another black thug in Baltimore.

United We Stand!

Nope, scratch that….Divided We Fall!

We are a severely divided nation.  Obama promised us change to bring us together.  He did accomplish that by bringing together Muslims, Blacks, Hispanics, and Liberals.  And he has brought closer those people who want to destroy America.

8 years ago, our government was not oppressing Christians. And no one ever thought Islam would be held in high esteem by our government.  Let an Muslim cut off the head of a lady at work, and no one cares. But there’s no way we are going to let that racist, bigot Colorado baker not make a wedding cake for a gay wedding!

And its working!  That is why I am impressed by him.  He has accomplished things that most Americans (85%) thought we would never see in this country.

Did you see where the Federal government FORCED a Colorado baker to make a wedding cake for a gay couple AGAINST his religious beliefs?

Did you see where the Federal government sent in an armed group of 200+ agents against a unarmed Nevada farmer in order for Senator Harry Reid to take the farmers land and give to the Chinese?

All true stories.  And many, many more like them that most of you have never heard about.  Why?  They are not in the evening news on the liberal main stream media.

The USA, the “United” States, that 85% of us knew and loved is gone.  It’s not coming back.  We are losing and will lose because of the influx of foreigners and the liberal agenda being brain-washed into our younger generations.

There is nothing we can do.  At least as things are today.

Congress is worthless, spineless, weak, and influenced by big money from liberal minded people.  For those of you who believe Obama is really in charge, watch the movie “The Matrix” and take the blue pill which makes you go back to the world as you know it.  The red pill opens your eyes to what the world really is.  “It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes.” The Matrix movie.

When a married couple has irreconcilable differences, differences that they are NEVER going to resolve, they get a divorce and then find another person who is more like-minded.

Liberals and Conservatives are NEVER going to reconcile their differences.

We need a divorce!

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It would be so nice if the all the Red States could live together under laws and leadership of like-minded people. And let the Blue’s do the same.

ISIS video shows killing of Ethiopian Christians

ISIL video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians

Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY

ISIS video shows killing of Ethiopian Christians Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY   ISIS' latest execution video appears to show militants executing what they say is a group of Ethiopian Christians. Video provided by Newsy Newslook
ISIS video shows killing of Ethiopian Christians Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY ISIS’ latest execution video appears to show militants executing what they say is a group of Ethiopian Christians. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

A video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State-affiliated militants in Libyahas been released online.

The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, one by an affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka Province and the other by the Fazzan Province, an affiliate in the south.

A masked fighter wielding a pistol says Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran, before the captives in the south are shown being shot dead and the captives in the east are beheaded on a beach.

In January, militants loyal to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, claimed responsibility for an attack on the Corinthia hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripolithat left 10 people including an American and four other foreigners dead.

Extremist groups, including some that have pledged allegiance to ISIL, have risen in the country since the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

In February, Egypt began airstrikes against ISIL targets in Libya hours after militants released a video purporting to show the mass beheading of Egyptian Christian hostages.

ISIL controls vast swaths of Syria and neighboring Iraq. The extremists were recently driven out of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit by Iraqi forces and allied Shiite militias, helped by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

The battle for Tikrit was seen as a key step toward driving the militants out of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

Contributing: Associated Press

Mob of Muslims Abduct Christian Nurse, Repeatedly Gang Rape Her

Mob of Muslims Abduct Christian Nurse, Repeatedly Gang Rape Her

A group of Muslims in Libya abducted a Christian nurse from her home then repeatedly gang raped her only days after a Christian construction worker was beheaded in Benghazi for not being a Muslim.

Shoebat reports that a gang of six Muslim men pulled a Filipino nurse from her home and repeatedly gang raped her in Libya’s capitol, Tripoli.

The group of thugs snatched the woman on Wednesday then took her to an unknown location, where six men repeatedly assaulted her, according to the foreign affairs spokesman for the Philippines, Charles Jose.

As a result of the woman’s rape, the Filipino government has called for the evacuation of all 13,000 of its citizens in Libya, which has seen a massive increase in violence over the last few months. In fact, just days prior to the woman’s rape, a Christian Filipino construction worker was beheaded by Muslim savages amid allegations he wasn’t a Muslim.

“We condemn these crimes that have been committed against our people,” President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said in Manila.

As Shoebat points out, the reason such horrific crimes are being committed against the Filipino people is because of their Catholic faith.

“From the Reconquista to the Crusades, the Catholic Church was, and is still, the primary enemy of the Muslim heresy.”

The very people that Obama has been aiding and abetting have been perpetrating theses heinous acts on non-Muslims, and they’re going unchecked. Meanwhile, the United Nations is looking to prosecute the Israelis for “war crimes” due to Palestinian casualties while defending themselves from the animalistic extremists that make up Hamas.

It’s mind-boggling that anybody could ever expect peace with people who are so blinded by their ideology, yet repeatedly their actions are excused or widely ignored while those who speak out against them are demonized as “Islamophobic.” If speaking out against disgusting and barbaric acts such as this makes us Islamophobic, then we should all wear the label with pride.

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City public schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday.

Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar.

“We are committed to having a school calendar that reflects and honors the extraordinary diversity of our students,” said Farina.

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

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De Blasio said the change means that Muslim families won’t be forced to choose between observing the holidays and sending their kids to school.

“They want to celebrate their holiday but they also want to go to school, they love school. So now they don’t have to make that choice and this is why this is so amazing,” mother of three Linda Sarsour told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

de blasio De Blasio Announces Addition Of Muslim Holidays To NYC Public Schools Calendar

The announcement was made at PS/IS 30 in Brooklyn, where officials said 36 percent of students were absent the last time Eid al-Adha fell on a school day.

“We’re here today to make good on a promise to our Muslim brothers and sisters that a holiday of supreme importance to the Muslim community will be recognized in our school calendar so that children can honor the holiday without missing school,” the mayor said.

“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for adding Eid-al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr to the public school holiday calendar,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, and the Muslim community is thriving not just in The Bronx but throughout the city of New York. This decision allows our city’s Muslim community to fully practice their faith without it interfering with their school attendance and education. As I have said in the past, by recognizing these two important holidays, we show that not only are we welcoming to everyone’s religious beliefs but that we respect everyone’s Constitutional right to freedom of religion.”

Eid al-Adha will be observed for the first time on Sept. 24. Eid-al-Fitr, which falls over the summer, will be designated a holiday for those attending summer school.

De Blasio said it’s all about respect for families, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

“Families are the fabric of our city. They’re the core of our city,” the mayor said. “All families deserve respect. Every kind of family deserves respect, and that’s what we’re noting today.”

The added holidays are familiar to most of the children in at least one Midwood Pre-K class.

When many of them go on to public school they’ll stay home for Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr without missing any classes.

“This is going to enlighten the understanding there is another holiday and it is for the Muslim community,” Mohammad Razvi told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.

Eid al-Adha, the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ commemorates Abraham’s devotion to God. Eid al-Fitr is the ‘Feast of Breaking the Fast’ at the end of Ramadan.

Both holidays use the Islamic lunar calendar causing the dates to move.

The decision drew mixed reactions from parents.

“It’s going to be hard on the parents. It doesn’t make sense. Too many holidays already,” Felix Beato said.

Kashif Hussain welcomes it for his family. He remembers holidays being stressful when he was at Brooklyn’s Madison High.

“I had to pray, run, and miss my first three classes,” he said.

Other school districts in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey already close public schools in observance of Muslim holidays, according to the city. New York is now the largest.

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

BY SULEIMAN AL-KHALIDI

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ISIS kills children in hopes that these shocking atrocities will intimidate their opponents.

(Reuters) – Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

A Syrian Christian group representing several NGO’s inside and outside the country said it had verified at least 150 people missing, including women and elderly, who had been kidnapped by the militants.

“We have verified at least 150 people who have been adducted from sources on the ground,” Bassam Ishak, President of theSyriac National Council of Syria, whose family itself is from Hasaka, told Reuters from Amman.

Earlier the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 90 were abducted when the militants carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds.

Syrian Kurdish militia launched two offensives against the militants in northeast Syria on Sunday, helped by U.S.-led air strikes and Iraqi peshmerga.

This part of Syria borders territory controlled by Islamic State inIraq, where it committed atrocities last year against the Yazidi religious minority.

Islamic State did not confirm the kidnappings. Supporters posted photos online of the group’s fighters in camouflage attire looking at maps and firing machine guns. The website said the photos were from Tel Tamr, a town near where the Observatory said the abductions occurred.

Many Assyrian Christians have emigrated in the nearly four-year-long conflict in which more than 200,000 have people have been killed. Before the arrival of Kurds and Arab nomadic tribes at the end of the 19th century, Christians formed the majority in Syria’s Jazeera area, which includes Hasaka.

Sunday’s offensive by Kurdish YPG militia reached within five km (3 miles) of Tel Hamis, an Islamic State-controlled town southeast of Qamishli, the Observatory said.

At least 14 IS fighters died in the offensive, in which Assyrians fought alongside Kurds, it added. Eight civilians were also killed in heavy shelling by the Kurdish side, which seized several Arab villages from Islamic State control.

Last year, Islamic State fighters abducted several Assyrians in retaliation for some of them fighting alongside the YPG. Most were released after long negotiations.

RELIEVING PRESSURE

Military experts said militants were trying to open a new front to relieve pressure on Islamic State after several losses since being driven from the Syrian town of Kobani near the border with Turkey.

“Islamic State are losing in several areas so they want to wage an attack on a new area,” said retired Jordanian general Fayez Dwiri.

Since driving IS from Kobani, Kurdish forces, backed by other Syrian armed groups, have pursued the group’s fighters as far as their provincial stronghold of Raqqa.

A resident of Hasaka, jointly held by the Syrian government and the Kurds, said hundreds of families had arrived in recent days from surrounding Christian villages and Arab Bedouins were arriving from areas along the border.

“Families are coming to Hasaka seeking safety,” said Abdul Rahman al-Numai, a textile trader said by telephone.

(Additional reporting by Oliver Holmes in Beirut; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

Obama Opens Muslim Extremist Summit at WH By Insulting Christians

Obama Opens Muslim Extremist Summit at WH By Insulting Christians

Obama Opens 'Extremism' Summit With Muslim Prayer And Christian Blame

What’s the best way to kick off a White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism”? If you’re the dynamic duo, Obama and Biden, it’s to invite Islam right in to essentially preside over the event, opening it with Muslim prayer from an imam and making no mention of any other religion other than one disturbing note from Biden, blaming Christians for a myriad of violent murders.

According to CNS News, right at the start of the second day of the summit, Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graced the group with a choice verse from the Quran, right after the apparent Islam-loving Obama administration officials and a few Democratic members of congress gave their two cents.

During the prayer portion of the event, which was the only access press had to the entire summit, Roble offered a verse from the Muslim holy book which was translated by Imam Abdisalam Adam of the Islamic Civil Society of America:

“In translation those verses of the Quran mean ‘Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption in the land, it’s as if he has slain mankind entirely, and whoever saves one life, it’s as if he has saved mankind entirely,’” Adam said.

Essentially saying, kill all those believed to be in corruption of Islam (infidels), it’s what is right and acceptable. There is no verse in the Quran which would be appropriate at such a meeting as this — to allegedly combat terrorism — the very presence of the people who represent the religion that perpetuates the hate is an abomination.

The praise of all thing Islamic continued, with Adam encouraging mosques. “Mosques serve as (sic) beacon of hope,” Adam said. “While imams provide moral compass for the Muslim community in navigating life.” What he must really have meant, is that imams serve as assistants to terrorists to navigate their way into western cultures to destroy them from within.

If hearing what the imams had to say on the matter wasn’t bad enough, Vice President Joe Biden put the bow on the rhetorical gift by excusing Islamic violence by claiming Christians are also murderers.

An update on the mostly closed-door event said, “Biden just talked about the right-wing militias and the supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible.”

Obama Opens 'Extremism' Summit With Muslim Prayer And Christian Blame

Has Joe officially lost his mind? I can’t remember the last time Christians conducted mass beheadings and burned people alive. In just this past week, the same week as this summit, Islamic terrorists have beheaded 21 Christians and burned 45 people alive — a total of 66 innocent individuals killed in the name of “corruption” because, as the verse stated here says, Allah says it’s acceptable.

Muslims-66, right-wing militias-0 … in just the past seven days. Write it down, Biden.

White House Avoids Mentioning That 21 Beheaded Egyptians Were Christians

White House Avoids Mentioning That 21 Beheaded Egyptians Were Christians

Absent from a 192-word statement from White House press secretary Josh Earnest condemning the brutal killings were the words “Christian,” “Coptic,” “Islam” or “Muslim.”

by PATRICK GOODENOUGH | CNS NEWS

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On the eve of a White House summit on “countering violent extremism” that has already drawn complaints from some Muslim groups, the administration in its response to the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts has not mentioned the religious affiliation of either the killers or victims.

Absent from a 192-word statement from White House press secretary Josh Earnest condemning the brutal killings were the words “Christian,” “Coptic,” “Islam” or “Muslim.”

There was a single reference to “faith” – “ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity.”

“ISIL” is one of several acronyms for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also called simply “Islamic State” or “Da’esh,” an Arabic acronym. Earnest’s statement did not spell out the group’s full name – thus sidestepping the word “Islamic” altogether – calling it merely “ISIL.”

In a gruesome video posted online the jihadist group claimed responsibility for the mass beheadings of Christians abducted in Libya.

The video was entitled “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross” and the victims were described as “crusaders.” An article in ISIS’ propaganda publication urged Muslims everywhere to kill “crusaders,” promising those who do “a great reward … on Judgment Day.”

Pope Francis did not shy away from the clear religious motivation behind the mass beheading.

“They were murdered just because they were Christians,” he said during a meeting with a Scottish church leader, calling the victims “brothers, who died simply because they professed their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Yet despite the religious affiliation of the terrorists and those they beheaded, and the jihadists’ blatant religious incitement, Earnest’s statement referred merely to “Egyptian citizens” and “ISIL-affiliated terrorists.”

“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” it said. “We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity.”

ISIS jihadists lead Egyptian Coptic Christians along a Libyan beach before they were simultaneously beheaded. (AP Photo)

There was no public reaction to the killings from President Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry, but the State Department said Kerry had called his Egyptian counterpart “in the aftermath of the horrific video showing the murder of 21 Egyptians.”

“The secretary offered his condolences on behalf of the American people and strongly condemned the despicable act of terror,” it said. “Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister [Sameh] Shoukry agreed to keep in close touch as Egyptians deliberated on a response.”

This week the White House hosts a three-day “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)” – a term it began favoring several years ago instead of countering terrorism – with the stated aim of highlighting international and domestic efforts to prevent the radicalization, recruiting or inspiring of individuals or groups to commit acts of violence.

First announced last September, the summit was meant to be held the following month but was postponed without explanation.

When Earnest last month announced the February date, he did so in astatement that mentioned the “recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris,” but again without identifying the religious affiliation and declared religious motivation of those responsible.

White House officials briefing reporters on background Monday said this week’s summit would not focus only on ISIS, since violent extremists “come in all shapes and sizes.”

“There’s no profile that says this particular community is going to be susceptible to violence,” one official was quoted as saying.

Notwithstanding the evident pains being taken by administration officials to avoid identifying the challenge as “Islamic” or “Islamist,” some Muslim groups are leery of the CVE effort and the summit.

Egypt says it bombed ISIS targets in Libya after killings of Christians

Egypt says it bombed ISIS targets in Libya after killings of Christians

Is ISIS in control of affiliates in Libya and Syria?

(CNN)– Egypt hit back Monday with airstrikes aimed at ISIS-affiliated jihadists in Libya who are believed to have beheaded more than a dozen Egyptian Coptic Christians.

Egyptian F-16 jets took off in the early hours of Monday to bomb ISIS camps, training areas and weapons depots in Libya, the Egyptian military said.

“Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty,” it said in a statement broadcast on state television.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said that the airstrikes targeted ISIS locations in Derna.

“Leaving the situation as it is in Libya without a firm intervention to curtail these terrorist organizations would be a threat to international peace and security,” the ministry said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much damage and casualties they might have caused.

The bombing raids came after ISIS released a gruesome video Sunday that appeared to show the beheadings of the Egyptian Christians on a beach.

Threats from English-speaking jihadi

The footage, bearing many of the hallmarks of previous ISIS hostage execution videos, has intensified international concerns about ISIS’ deepening reach into countries far beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

The slickly produced video shows the apparent mass execution with jihadists in black standing behind each of the victims, who are all dressed in orange jumpsuits with their hands cuffed behind them.

Some of the hostages cry out “Oh God” and “Oh Jesus” as they are pushed to their knees.

The five-minute video, released by ISIS’ propaganda wing al-Hayat Media, includes a masked English-speaking jihadi who says, “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah, we will mix it with your blood.”

The video threatens Egypt, which shares a long border with Libya, and also Europe, whose shores lie across the Mediterranean Sea.

‘The right of retaliation’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi had warned Sunday that his country “reserves the right of retaliation and with the methods and timing it sees fit for retribution for those murderers and criminals who are without the slightest humanity.”

He also declared a week of mourning in the Muslim majority nation for the dead Christians.

The U.S. government condemned the killings, saying ISIS’ “barbarity knows no bounds.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Sunday to offer condolences, the State Department said.

Twenty-one Egyptian Christians were kidnapped in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte in two separate incidents in December and January. They were reportedly from impoverished villages and went to Libya looking for work.

Although the ISIS video showed around a dozen men being beheaded, officials said that all 21 Christians were believed to have been killed.

Egypt is already fighting against ISIS-allied militants on its own territory in the Sinai Peninsula, where dozens of people were killed in a series of attacks in January.

Growing ISIS presence in Libya

But concern has increased over ISIS’ rising influence in Libya amid the power and security vacuum prevalent in the country since the 2011 uprising that overthrew former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

CNN reported in November that fighters loyal to ISIS had complete control of the city of Derna, which has a population of about 100,000 and is situated not far from the Egyptian border.

Jihadists with allegiance to ISIS had also expanded their presence westward along the Libyan coast, forming chapters in cities including Benghazi, Sirte and even Tripoli, the capital, according to Noman Benotman, a former Libyan jihadist now involved in counter-terrorism for the Quilliam Foundation.

In an example of their spreading reach, a Libyan branch of ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Tripoli that killed 10 people, including one American.

“There’s been a real radical Islamist presence in Libya for some time,” said Lt. Col. Rick Francona, a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer. “What’s worrying is now they are self-identifying with ISIS.”

Ties between ISIS branches

Questions remain over how much direct command and control the ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq has over its North African affiliates.

The killings of the Egyptian Christians has filled in some of the detail. Before the grisly video was released, ISIS had released photos in its English-language magazine Dabiq, claiming they had been executed.

“There’s certainly communication between the Libyan affiliate and the affiliate in Syria about matters of importance to both of them,” said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

He said the ties between Libyan jihadists and ISIS’ precursor, al Qaeda in Iraq, “go back a very long time.”

The links between the different branches present “a real challenge to the West” for Western leaders, Francona said, as U.S. President Barack Obama asks Congress to formally authorize the use of military force in the war against ISIS.

“While we can come up with a military solution or a military operation in a restricted area like Syria and Iraq, what do we do when it expands to North Africa?” Francona asked.

Egypt President Sisi vows revenge for Islamic State’s murder of 21 Christians

Egypt President Sisi vows revenge for Islamic State’s murder of 21 Christians

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“Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for.” Note that the Islamic State is here referring to Egyptian Christians — the indigenous people of Egypt — as “Crusaders.” Their ignorance of history is in service of their claim that Christians have no place in the Middle East. Their fanatical adherence to Islamic law has made them aggressive, violent, and supremacist — but no one wants to face the implications of that.

“Sisi warns of response after Islamic State kills 21 Egyptians in Libya,” by Ahmed Tolba and Michael Georgy, Reuters, February 15, 2015:

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State released a video on Sunday that appeared to show the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned that his country would respond to the deaths as it saw fit.

Speaking on national television hours after the release of the video, Sisi said Cairo would choose the “necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings”.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead.

The beheadings could stiffen Sisi’s resolve in dealing with security threats from militants thriving in neighboring Libya’s chaos who want to topple his U.S.-backed government.

Egypt has denied reports in the past that it had taken part, along with its close ally the United Arab Emirates, in air strikes against militants based in Libya.

The footage showing the deaths of the Egyptians appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and has also beheaded Western hostages.

In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded.

A caption on the five-minute video read: “The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church.” Before the killings, one of the militants stood with a knife in his hand and said: “Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for.”…