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NSFW: Here is a video of a Syrian priest being beheaded in front of a cheering crowd.

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Father Francois Murad
Father Francois Murad moments before being beheaded as he bends forward.

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As the civil strife continues to intensify in Syria, the fighting also continues to produce the ghastliest content that is increasingly now being shown to shock opponents in a damning war within public relations.

The latest public spectacle that is now is making the social media rounds is that of the Syrian Catholic priest, Franciscan Father Francois Murad who was beheaded by jihadist fighters on the 23rd of June in the northern Syrian province of Gassanieh.

Told Fides News Agency: ‘According to local sources, the monastery where Fr. Murad was staying was attacked by militants linked to the jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra.’

Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Front for the Protection of the Syrian People, is an Al Qaeda associate, described as ‘the most aggressive and successful arm of the rebel force.’

In the video, filmed on a camera phone and posted on LiveLeak, three men – including Father Francois – are seen sitting on the dusty ground as a crowd around them cheers.

The priest, wearing a brown robe, is filmed sitting cross-legged with his hands apparently bound.

He is pulled forward and laid face down on the grass as the crowd chant ‘Allahu akbar’ and take photos.

He is then decapitated, using what looks like a rudimentary kitchen knife.

Franciscan Father Francois Murad
Franciscan Father Francois Murad on the left

The summary beheading is said to have come as a result of accusations that Father Francois had been colloborating with the ruling regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The accusations have not yet been verified.

The UK’s dailymail goes on to note that at least 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian revolt against four decades of rule by Assad and his late father erupted in March 2011, making the uprising the bloodiest of the Arab Spring revolutions against entrenched autocrats.

The Syrian conflict is increasingly pitting Assad’s Alawite minority, backed by Shi’ite Iran and its Hezbollah ally, against mainly Sunni rebel brigades supported by the Gulf states, Egypt, Turkey and others.

The conflict has now drawn the United States to redefine their involvement and aid to the rebels who it has been tacitly supporting in an affront against the regime and its Iranian backers.

No doubt the continuing use of expletive video will go a long way to reiterate the terror and what is actually at stake in this beleaguered part of the world. What was once the domain of war journalists has now become the shocking domain of mobile phone uploads on social media where one can look on in horror at what one could never have imagined or contemplated before with such visceral intensity. But perhaps that is what Father Francois was made to violently give up his life for, so we too could be made to watch on what others have been forced to endure for decades…

***note:  The video is extremely graphic. The first victim is said to be Father Francois, the second victim that is depicted is another person said to be a collaborator with the Assad regime.

The video CLEARLY depicts the beheadings of these victims. DO NOT view the content if you are not over the age of 18, and if only you are prepared to view content of this nature. You have been warned.

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  • Harley

    Islam, I thought it was a religion of peace? Animals, all of them.

  • swmnguy

    The guys doing this are our allies, that Sen. McCain went to visit on Memorial Day, and President Obama and Sec. of State Kerry speak so highly of.