Beheading Error: The familiar Islamist rebel campaign slogan “If you like your head, you can keep your head” promise brokenPosted: November 16, 2013
An ‘incorrect promise’, says the New York Times
Steven Emerson reports: Members of the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham appear in a new online video apologizing for beheading a man they thought was fighting for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
A spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham said the victim was injured in battle and thought he had been captured by Assad’s forces. They claimed that he asked to be killed.
But, according to the video, which asked for “understanding and forgiveness,” it’s all good religiously. The spokesman said mistakes can happen while waging jihad. And he invoked a story in which the Muslim prophet Mohammad “said Allah would forgive a man who killed a believer in error,” the Telegraph reported.
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