Saudi beheadings spiked in 2014 amid Kingdom's fears of dissent

January 5, 2015 5:43 PM

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Saudi beheadings spiked in 2014 amid Kingdom's fears of dissent

Islamic State’s penchant for beheading its enemies has earned the jihadist army international condemnation, but Saudi Arabia quietly decapitated scores of people last year, often in public.

The oil-rich kingdom’s beheadings are typically carried out by sword-wielding executioners who lopped off heads at a dizzying rate in 2014. Some 83 people convicted of murder, drug smuggling and even sorcery and apostasy were executed last year, according to the blog War is Boring. By some estimate...

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