Videos of the Taliban Executing their Opposition: True or false?
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
A number of videos of men being publicly executed by masked “Taliban” soldiers in “Afghanistan” are currently circulating on social media. As per the claim, the Taliban is executing members of the Afghanistan military and sympathisers of America. Some messages even claim that it is Christians being executed. We have received multiple requests to verify these videos.
Dia-LOGOS decided not to attach the link to the videos due to its graphic content but to place still pictures of the opening scenes that will assist readers in identifying the videos. If you receive these videos we would encourage you NOT to watch them as there is no wholesome content that will benefit you in any way.
It is important to note that the videos are 7 years old and not from Afghanistan nor the Taliban. Both videos were taken during the height of ISIS’s occupation in Iraq in the 2014’s.
DO NOT FORWARD IT
THE FIRST VIDEO clip was shared as a recent incident in Afghanistan with the backdrop of the Taliban taking over the country.
Dia-LOGOS performed a reverse image search and found a 2014 report by NBC12. The US-based news outlet stated that the video shows executions by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As per the report, the 10 men kneeling on the ground were militiamen. For more information visit the following link: Henrico man discovers ISIS execution video, Facebook declines to remove clip
THE SECOND VIDEO clip shows the (supposed to be) Taliban forcing dozens of blindfolded hostages to descend into a wide trench, then kneeling them, after describing them as “infidels”, and shooting them in the head from behind
Once again this information is false and happened in the late 2014’s This video was filmed in the city of Tarmiyah in northern Iraq, which was liberated from the grip of ISIS in late 2014, and these photos constitute the first evidence that ISIS militants committed mass massacres in the city.
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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO VIDEOS OF THIS NATURE
Don’t sensationalise evil: As Christians, we don’t need to know evil to reject it. By forwarding these videos you are sensationalising evil without serving any purpose.
Don’t give evil the prominence it doesn’t deserve: These videos glorify evil in a way that can only be described as demonic. It gives prominence to wickedness that is undeserved. In a way it nullifies the goodness we as Christians are supposed to embrace and leaves the viewer with a sense of despair. It advances the kingdom of darkness and not the kingdom of heaven
Don’t attribute evil to people even if they might be capable of it: Yes, we all know what the Taliban is capable of doing. History is full of tragic and agonizing examples. But as Christians, we should pray for them and not seek to attribute more evil to them. We should be careful not to attribute false witnesses simply because we think it could be true.
Don’t use the God-given gift of time to promote evil: Rather than promoting scenes of evil, use your resources and time to generate prayer. Instead of sending videos of killings, send messages that call people to engagement and prayer. Not only are you defiling your mind but also the one who receives the message
Don’t compromise your mandate as peacemaker as a bearer of evil: A peacemaker will not demonise people to prove a point. We should approach the throne of Grace like Stephen did when he was stoned to death: “Father forgive them”
Don’t portray Christianity as messengers of death: Let us be known as people of light and messengers of life. People of goodness. People of truth. We are losing our witness when we become obsessed with evil and become known as people who focus on evil rather than redemption.
2 Peter 3:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.