The Islamic State publishes a slick on line magazine detailing it's operations and espousing it's ideals.
In the current magazine an article was given to the alleged capture of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, handcuffed and wearing orange jumpsuits in a single file line with armed men in black around them.
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi says he, and a committee, are monitoring the situation and verifying the facts.
President Sisi has also said that Egypt has offered to evacuate its citizens from Libya via an airlift.
The background here is that several Egyptian Coptic Christians were kidnapped in two raids in the Libyan coastal town of Sirte back in December 31st and January 3rd.
Sirte is currently under the control of various Islamic militant groups. Libya itself is in a great state of flux, with different tribal and jihadist groups vying for power in the absence of a strong unified Libyan government.
Members of the Coptic community have protested in Cairo demanding action and expressing skepticism about the offer to evacuate people out.
Egypt's foreign ministry has warned Egyptians not to travel to Libya.
It has also said that those who are there should avoid areas of tension and leave. and said those already residing in the country should.
The article speaks about the kidnapped Egyptians are to avenge the fate of Muslim women “tortured and murdered by the Coptic church of Egypt”.
There are additional questions as to whether these hostages in the photographs are the people from Sirte or new individuals.
Thousands of Egyptians work in Libya in the construction sector.
There has been violence in Libya before directed towards the oldest Christian Church, were one year ago seven Egyptian Christians were shot dead, their bodies discovered on a beach in Benghazi.
Please, take the time to pray for God's protection, mercy, and strength to be with these men at this terrible time of persecution.
Middle East Correspondent