The Islamic State has released a new video allegedly showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. Watch the graphic video above.
Media companies like Al Jazeera have vowed not to air the video in its entirety and we agree. But video stills of the massacre are available beyond what this short Vine shows.
Al-Jazeera reports that the men perpetrating the mass beheading are taking revenge for “Muslim women persecuted by Coptic crusaders in Egypt.”
Crusaders is a term for “Christians” in Muslim theology, alluding to the Medieval reconquering of the Middle East by European Christians that ended around 1300.
Oddly enough, prior to the Muslim Crusades of around 800, Egypt was a majority Coptic Christian country.