While the White House REFUSES to call 21 beheading victims CHRISTIANS in a statement about the Islamic State attack, Egypt is avenging the savage slaughter of Egyptian Christians. Obama is more hardcore Islamic than most Muslim countries now.
Obama is every non-Muslim’s nightmare living under the sharia.
Statement by the Obama’s Press Secretary on the Murder of Egyptian Citizens:
The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. 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. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.
This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL. We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat. We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.
“The nation of the cross…”
“Egypt retaliates with air strikes after ISIS marches 21 Coptic Christians along a lonely Libyan beach and beheads them en masse for their faith,” by John Hall and Sara Malm for MailOnline, 16 February 2015
Egyptian warplanes struck at least Islamic State targets near the Islamist-held city of Derna in eastern Libya today
Strikes come after ISIS-affiliated militants beheaded 21 Egyptians Coptic Christians in a sickening filmed massacre
Men were paraded by their masked killers before being savagely beheaded on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea
The Egyptian government last night vowed to ‘avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers’
Pope Francis expressed ‘profound sadness’ over the slayings, saying the victims were ‘murdered for their faith’
Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Libya this morning as it ‘seeks retribution’ for the barbaric filmed beheading of 21 Coptic Christians.
There were at least seven strikes in Derna in the east of the country, which has become a hotbed of Islamic extremism since Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.
It is the first time Egypt has announced military action against Islamist targets in its western neighbour, having previously denied it targeted militants there, and the first time militants connected with the Islamic State terror group have been hit with airstrikes outside Syria and Iraq.
A statement released by the Egyptian military this morning said: ‘Your armed forces on Monday carried out focused air strikes in Libya against Daesh camps, places of gathering and training, and weapons depots’.
Daesh is a a derogatory Arabic acronym for the Islamic State terror group, commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL in the West.
Violent outbreaks from radical Islamists against Christians and their places of worship are one of the biggest factors in the deteriorating relationship between the two dominant religious groups.
Egyptian Christians also accused the country’s government of being too lenient on the perpetrators of the attacks.
The main issues for Christians in Egypt are anti-Christian attacks and political instability.
Historically Copts used Coptic language, which derives from the ancient Egyptian language written mainly in the Greek alphabet, which is still used for small parts of Christian services.
In addition to violent outbreaks, Copts complain of discrimination.
In Egypt, there is a law that requires the president’s permission for church construction.
Egyptian state television followed up the military statement by showing footage of warplanes it said were taking off to conduct the strikes.
‘Avenging Egyptian blood and retaliating against criminals and killers is a duty we must carry out,’ the military said.
The air strikes came hours after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi threatened a ‘suitable response’ to the killings of the Christians who had travelled to Libya seeking work.
Sisi, a former army chief who overthrew the Islamist president and then won elections touting his firm hand, faced a chorus of demands to retaliate after the beheadings.
Libya’s air force meanwhile announced it had launched strikes in the eastern city of Darna, which was taken over by an IS affiliate last year.
Egyptian television has repeatedly played the sickening five-minute video since its release, albeit without the beheadings actually being shown.
The footage shows black-clad militants leading their captives in orange jumpsuits along a beach before forcing them to kneel
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.’
A caption on the five-minute video reads: ‘The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian Church.’
Images taken from the video of waves breaking on the beach turning red from the blood of the victims spread among Egyptians on social media, enraging many.
The White House led condemnation of the apparent beheadings, describing the killers as ‘despicable’ and adding that the brutality shown ‘further galvanises the international community to unite against ISIL,’ an alternative acronym for the group.
Pope Francis also expressed ‘profound sadness’ over the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya, saying they had been killed for their faith.
‘They were executed for nothing more than the fact that they were Christians,’ Francis said in unscheduled remarks in his native Spanish following a meeting with John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
‘The blood of our Christian sisters and brothers is testimony that cries out (to us),’ the pontiff added.
‘Be they Catholics, Orthodox, Copts, Lutherans, it does not matter. They are Christians, their blood is the same, their blood confesses (their faith in) Christ.’
French President Francois Hollande, whose government is poised to sign a deal selling Egypt advanced Rafale fighter jets on Monday, expressed his ‘concern at the expansion of Daesh in Libya,’ using another name for ISIS.
Libya’s embattled parliament, which is locked in a conflict with Islamists, expressed condolences in a statement and called on the world to ‘show solidarity with Libya’ against militants.
IS militants have been hammered by US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria after taking over swathes of the two countries and the group has active affiliates in Egypt and Libya.
In recent months Libya has seen the worst unrest since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, which will complicate any efforts to combat the country’s many Islamic extremist groups.
The internationally recognized government has been confined to the country’s far east since Islamist-allied militias seized the capital Tripoli last year, and Islamist politicians have reconstituted a previous government and parliament.
Egypt has strongly backed the internationally recognized government, and U.S. officials have said both Egypt and the United Arab Emirates took part in a series of mysterious airstrikes targeting Islamist-allied forces last year.
The Egyptian government declared a seven-day mourning period after the release of the video and President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi addressed the nation late Sunday night.
‘These cowardly actions will not undermine our determination’ said el-Sissi, who also banned all travel to Libya by Egyptian citizens.
‘Egypt and the whole world are in a fierce battle with extremist groups carrying extremist ideology and sharing the same goals,’ he added.
The Coptic Church issued a statement saying it was ‘confident’ the Christians’ killers would be brought to justice, as it confirmed those beheaded were Egyptian Copts.
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.