Making the viral rounds in tabloid land is the disturbing video (see below) of Islamic extremist group, ISIS disseminating a video showing the moment two Libyan sorcerers are executed. Their crime? Having the audacity to practice magic.
In the video, titled ‘And the Magician Will Not Succeed Wherever He Is’ first appeared on the terrorist group affiliates networks and later a terror monitoring group, two men are led forward blindfolded, bound and wearing the customary orange jumpsuits that ISIS forces all prisoners to wear. The men are then prodded forward in front of a baying crowd in the capital of Tripoli where they are to be executed.
The video comes as Libya continues to be destabilized, years after the death of that country’s former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in October, 2011, with now an estimated 2000 jihadis controlling the capital and enforcing sharia law and brutal punishments.
The video shows men being flogged in public before the two men accused of practicing magic, one of whom is elderly, are dragged in front of the crowd.
Men and children, some standing on vehicles to get a better view, watch as the accused are knelt on the ground and beheaded.
As the ‘sorcerers’ die, the crowd shouts Allahu Akbar (God is great). The video ends with the headless bodies being loaded into an ambulance.
Western officials according to a report via the dailymail say both the UK and US have secretly sent in commandos to undertake surveillance and gather intelligence in central Libya amid fears that ISIS may even move its main base there.
Concerns are rife as ISIS loses ground in Syria and Iraq, the terror group increasingly sees war-torn Libya as crucial to continuing its jihad if forced out of its heartland.
Concern has focused on the port city of Sirte, the hometown of Muammar Gaddafi, which is just 400 miles southeast of Sicily.
ISIS has already won complete control of a 150-mile stretch of coastline near the city, forcing back local militias that had vowed to force out the largely foreign jihadi fighters.
The group has started to impose a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the people of Sirte, banning music, forcing women to wear veils and crucifying people.
The country remains split between two rival governments which have been urged by the international community to accept a proposed peace deal.
The resulting chaos has been exploited by ISIS, which has seen its early success in Syria and Libya reversed by opposing forces backed by Western air power.
Senior ISIS leaders have been quietly arriving in Libya in recent months.