October 19, 2021

Jihadists Behead French Hostage in Algeria

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The horror. Unimaginable.

“Our values are at stake,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday after hearing about the video.But where are our values when those who oppose the ideology that inspires and commands such barbarity are vilified and condemned, while the ideology itself is never questioned?

And where is the collective outrage? Directed at our ads of truth, of course. The reporting on this monstrosity is very matter-of-fact. And yet when the media reports on our ads opposing jihad, is such objectivity employed? Never. We are “haters” for opposing jihad and its accompanying mass beheadings.

We are surely in the age of the savage.

“French hostage reportedly beheaded in Algeria,” CBS, September 24, 2014

This picture taken on September 23, 2014 shows a poster depicting Herve Gourdel, 55, a mountain guide who was seized on September 21 evening while trekking in the rugged, heavily forested Kabylie area, where Al-Qaeda is active, and reading “Herve Gourdel, come back”, in front of the town hall of Saint-Martin-Vesubie, southeastern France. Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

PARIS — A terrorism watchdog says Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video released by a U.S. terrorism watchdog.

A group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah said after abducting Herve Gourdel on Sunday that he would be killed within 24 hours unless France ended its airstrikes against ISIS fighters in Iraq. The French government has insisted it will not back down.

Terrorism watchdog SITE Intelligence Group distributed a video by Jund al-Khilafah Wednesday announcing Gourdel’s death.

The video resembled those showing the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker in recent weeks, but instead of showing President Barack Obama, it showed French President Francois Hollande.

Gourdel was a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice seized in mountains of northern Algeria.

Reuters reported the group released a video Monday that appeared to show Gourdel, saying he had been kidnapped by an Algeria-based ISIS splinter group called the Caliphate Soldiers.

The man, who gave his name, age and date of birth, said he had arrived in Algeria on Sept. 20 and been taken on Sept. 21, Reuters reports.

“I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group. This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Francois Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq. They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr. President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you,” the man says in the video, according to Reuters.