“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks…” (Qur’an 47:4) No doubt these unbelievers were fighting the good Muslims and all this head-chopping was completely justified, no?
“Severed heads delivered to military,” from Agence France-Presse,
Al-Qaeda-linked extremists ordered civilians to deliver the severed heads of seven Christians to military outposts in the southern Philippine island of Jolo, the army said today.
The six road workers and a fisherman were kidnapped in separate incidents on Monday by the Abu Sayyaf extremist group amid a military operation against the Muslim movement.
Yesterday afternoon, the driver of a commuter minibus was flagged down and ordered to deliver a sack containing two heads to a military outpost in Parang town.
A few hours later the other five heads turned up at an outpost in Indanan, said regional military spokesman Major Eugene Batara, after being delivered by local residents in another sack.
“We don’t know where the bodies are but the operations against the Abu Sayyaf will continue,” Maj Batara said….
Abu Sayyaf commander Al Bader Parad, who seized the seven men, had earlier demanded a ransom of five million pesos ($125,000) for the hostages but the local government had said it could not pay it….
More than 8000 troops are on the island with orders from President Gloria Arroyo to crush the Abu Sayyaf.
The group has been blamed for a series of bomb attacks in the Philippines in recent years as well as high-profile kidnappings of Christians, foreigners and missionaries.
More from the Philipines:
“Bin Laden” runs for office in the PhilippinesÂ
Tiny Minority of Extremists Update: it’s all a big joke, you see: he’s the “peaceful” Osama. But evidently Sharief has chosen a name that he figures will make him popular, and electable.
“Bin Laden look-alike runs for election,” by Jim Gomez for the Associated Press, with thanks to Jihad Watch:
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine elections are largely a battle of name recall, so Agakhan Sharief has chosen a moniker that will surely capture the attention of voters well beyond his backwater southern province â€” Osama bin Laden.
Unlike the world’s most-wanted terror suspect, Sharief is known by many in Lanao del Sur province as a peacemaker who has helped broker truces when sporadic clashes have erupted between government troops and Muslim insurgents.
Sporting an 18-inch long beard, turban and a neck scarf similar to that worn by bin Laden in TV images, the 35-year-old Sharief has been campaigning frenziedly for a seat in Lanao’s legislative council in May 14 elections.
Posters bear his real name with the explosive moniker plastered in the middle in big, bold letters: “BIN LADEN.”
He owes his nickname partly to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sharief said.
After attending a peace-and-order meeting led by Arroyo in Lanao in 2002, Sharief asked the president to pose for a souvenir picture with him. Somebody in the crowd jokingly told Arroyo that he was known around town by the infamous nickname.
“Oh, I see, the young bin Laden of Mindanao,” Sharief quoted Arroyo as saying. The crowd erupted in laughter and applause.
“When I walked out of that meeting, I had a different name â€” bin Laden,” Sharief told The Associated Press by telephone.
Maj. Gen. Ben Dolorfino, once the head of Lanao marine forces, said Sharief has connections with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a large rebel group waging a decades-old rebellion for self-rule, and has helped end some clashes between the insurgents and troops.
“He is the other Osama; he’s a peacemaker,” Dolorfino said.
Meanwhile, Sharief himself lines up with Charlie Sheen and Rosie O’Donnell:
Sharief, a father of nine and husband of a school teacher, has mixed feelings about bin Laden.
While condemning the killing of innocent people in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., Sharief said he still is not convinced of bin Laden’s involvement. Muslims have the right to struggle for living conditions, he said.