Daeshi use beheading after Defeats On Battlefield

Violence has been a focal point of Islamic State group propaganda, to show the militants’ might and recruit the thousands of foreign fighters who have rushed to join them. When they captured Mosul, Iraq, in June, they beheaded security forces, raped women and terrorized residents into following an extreme form of Islamic law known as Sharia.

But the group had held Western hostages for months and, in some cases, even years. Not until the airstrikes began, weakening the group’s momentum, did the extremists start beheading the white Westerners.