* Well, I guess when its done by ‘militants’ it doesn’t hurt that much. As you can see they’re just ‘suspected militants’ – the mind boggles. But maybe they’re just following their Islamic belief, which commands them to kill and die for Allah and to strike terror in the hearts of the enemy until the world is Islamic.
* Islam explained: The true believers were expected not only to fight but also to contribute materially towards the cost of war (4:66-67, 9:88, 9:111), to kill and be killed. Those who did this were promised a higher rank in paradise (4:74, 4:95). The believers were asked to prepare whatever force in their ability, troops, horses, etc. to strike terror into the hearts of the unbelievers (remember Dr. Mahathir’s famous Jewish-bashing speech at OIC conference in late 2003?) (9:73, 123, 8:60).
SUSPECTED Islamic militants beheaded four Philippine Marines who were involved in the search for a kidnapped Italian priest, the military has said.
Nine other troops were injured and ten were missing after the gun battle Tuesday near Tipo-Tipo town on Basilan island, a known hideout for militants from Abu Sayyaf and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The troops had been dispatched to the area to check reports that Italian priest Giancarlo Bossi, 57, had been sighted with his captors there, said Marine spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Caculitan.
But they ran into a large group of armed men believed to be members either of Abu Sayyaf, an Al-Qaeda-linked group, or the MILF, which is in the final stage of peace talks with government.
* Peace in Islam is the peace of the grave…
Lt Col Caculitan said the fate of the missing Marines remained unknown.
“They may be alive, they may be dead. They remain to be accounted for,” he said.
The headless bodies of the four soldiers were recovered early Wednesday by provincial authorities in Basilan and they have been turned over to the military, he said.
Mr Bossi, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), was seized by heavily armed men near his parish church on June 10.
BASILAN, Philippines – Islamic militants killed 14 Philippine marines searching for a kidnapped Italian priest during a major gunbattle, and later beheaded 10 of them, the military said on Wednesday.
The troops were ambushed on the southern island of Basilan by a joint force from the Philippines’ main Islamic rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, a marine spokesman said.
Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Caculitan said 14 marines were killed in the eight-hour clash, increasing an earlier death toll after more bodies were recovered. Ten had been discovered beheaded, he said in Manila.
“All 10 marines earlier reported missing have been found dead,” Caculitan told reporters, without explaining a discrepancy in earlier numbers.
“All were beheaded,” he added.
“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks…” –