A month after Islamic State extremists shocked the nation with the cold-blooded murder of two Japanese hostages, the frame of its threat is now becoming clear.

Shortly after the execution of Kenji Goto, the group raised the stakes in unspeakable online violent imagery, showing it burning a Jordanian pilot to death and beheading 21 Coptic Christians in Libya.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.