What is the purpose of beheadings?

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When American journalist Daniel Pearl was beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, even the whole world was stunned.

In 2014, Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists also ended up beheading their first American victim, James Foley, and then two weeks later with Steve Sotloff; they were also journalists. They were killed in Syria – Rakka and Aleppo.

Islamists are now doing this with their Western victims in Europe as well. In Nice yesterday, according to French news sources, an elderly woman who has since been captured was “practically beheaded” by an elderly woman who went to pray at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the southern French metropolis. The twenty-year-old man mentioned in the press as Brahim, who reportedly heard the cry of Allah Akbar, also killed two more people. In France, as a result, the highest level of terrorist preparedness has been ordered.

In addition to Paris, a history teacher recently fell victim to a similar terrorist attack. In his free speech class, Samuel Paty also presented two caricatures of Mohammed to his students after he spoke to Muslim students to leave the room in peace if they felt uncomfortable. An 18-year-old Chechen young man, Abdullak Anzorov, cut his throat and finished.

France has been plagued by a wave of Islamist assassinations for years; more than 250 have already lost their lives in this.

But beheading so close to us is still a fairly new phenomenon.

Robert Manyasz, an expert in Islamic law who studied Sunni and Shiite religion in Lebanon, Iran and Syria, told Index. He believes that the purpose of terrorists in such a case may be deterrence, intimidation; the Arabic equivalent of the word terror, irhab also expresses this.

ISIS drew attention to itself in 2014 by uploading Foley’s execution as a Message to America to YouTube video sharing.

And France, twisted from its original meaning: denial of religion, appears to the extremists in the eyes of extremists.

Recently, the number of terrorist and firearms terrorist acts, which require serious preparations, has decreased, also thanks to intelligence cooperation. However, the number of knife attacks has increased; In 2016, ISIS propaganda magazine, Rumijah he specifically encouraged fanaticsto carry a cutting tool with the enemies of Islam because it is a cheap, easily obtainable, and well-hidden weapon. In France alone, more than a dozen knife terrorist attacks have been followed in five years. But beheading is an assassination with a cutting tool – the most brutal and attention-grabbing act possible, which is the most effective means of inciting fear in Europe.

(Cover image: March 29, 2002 image of Sheikh Ahmed OMAR SAYED, a member of the banned Pakistan radical Islamic organization Jais-i-Mohammed, who was arrested on charges of abducting and killing American journalist Daniel Pearl, who disappeared in Karachi a few months earlier. Born in Britain, Omar Szajed was found guilty and sentenced to death on 15 July 2002. Photo: Getty Images)

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