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Islamist carnage has signalled a new era of barbaric terror across the world

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The bodies keep piling up: From Kenya to Iraq shocking new images show how a wave of Islamist carnage has signalled a new era of barbaric terror across the world

  •     Images of Iraqi men being shot dead in a ditch by ISIS militants shock world
  •     Taliban insurgents hack off fingers of 11 men for voting in general election
  •     Search continues for three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas in Palestine
  •     Former Nigerian president says kidnapped schoolgirls may never be found
  •     Kenya attack happened as residents watched World Cup matches last night
  •     Authorities have blamed al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked terror group
  •     Assault happened in Mpeketoni which is 60 miles from Somali border

Somali militants have shot dead at least 48 people after attacking two hotels and a police station in a small Kenyan coastal town hall as locals were watching the World Cup.
The attack in Mpeketoni, which is about 30-miles southwest of the tourist centre of Lamu, came at the end of a weekend of bloodshed that has exposed the world to the shocking depravity of terrorists who appear emboldened by each other’s acts.
The string of bloodthirsty atrocities, spanning two continents from Kenya to Iraq, has raised the spectre of a new era of barbaric terror that is sweeping the globe.

Kenya: Residents look at slain bodies of people killed when unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni - the latest in a string of Islamic militant attacks across two continents that have shocked the world

Kenya: Residents look at slain bodies of people killed when unidentified gunmen attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni – the latest in a string of Islamic militant attacks across two continents that have shocked the world

Iraq: Images of Iraqi men being rounded up at gunpoint, beaten, herded into lorries and shot dead in a ditch in the desert by a row of masked ISIS fanatics sent shockwaves across the world

Iraq: Images of Iraqi men being rounded up at gunpoint, beaten, herded into lorries and shot dead in a ditch in the desert by a row of masked ISIS fanatics sent shockwaves across the world

Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents sliced off the fingers of 11 people as punishment for voting in Afghanistan¿s democratic presidential election while 60 people were killed in a series of rocket barrages and scattered attacks

Afghanistan terror

Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents sliced off the fingers of 11 people as punishment for voting in Afghanistan¿s democratic presidential election while 60 people were killed in a series of rocket barrages and scattered attacks

Grim prediction: The former president of Nigeria has said he does not believe all of the schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram, seen here in a video released by their kidnappers, will return home

Grim prediction: The former president of Nigeria has said he does not believe all of the schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram, seen here in a video released by their kidnappers, will return home

Grim prediction: The former president of Nigeria has said he does not believe all of the schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram, seen here in a video released by their kidnappers, will return home

In the space of just three days:

  • Images of Iraqi men being rounded up at gunpoint, beaten, herded like cattle into lorries and shot dead in a ditch by a row of masked ISIS fanatics sent shockwaves across the world.
  • Taliban insurgents sliced off the fingers of 11 people as punishment for voting in Afghanistan’s democratic presidential election while 60 people were killed in a series of rocket barrages and scattered attacks
  • The desperate search continued for three Israeli teenagers allegedly kidnapped by Hamas militants as more than 150 suspects were arrested in relation to the abduction.
  • Nigeria’s former president admitted that the 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants two months ago may never be found.

Over the past month, the world’s media has been awash with gruesome images depicting insurgent barbarism whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Palestine or Syria.

The terror groups behind these acts appear to relish their growing publicity, increasingly courting online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to promote their hate-filled agendas of murder and oppression.

Professor Lee Marsden, and international terrorism expert and head of East Anglia University’s School of Political, Social and International Studies, said: ‘The levels of brutality seen here by ISIS and al-Shabaab, are no different from what we have seen before.

‘What is changing, however, is the way these groups publicise their acts to maximise coverage.

‘Clearly an element of publicising such acts on the internet is to show other terror groups what these groups are capable of and the lengths to which they will go to promote their cause.

‘Certainly in Iraq, which is widely regarded as being a tool of the Americans – anything that shows they can defeat the Iraqi army is not just a defeat of Shia forces but also a victory over the West. And it makes for a very powerful recruiting tool.’

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