The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has called for a ban of released footage of the beheadings carried out by the group, according to an Islamic State media source quoted in several Arabic-language reports on Friday.
ISIS’s newest video of a child jihadist beheading a Syrian army officer doesn’t appear to follow Baghdadi’s no-execution video policy, according to IANS.
‘But he has already justified the barbarism of his followers, and his decision makes no sense, ‘ Hisso told ARA News.
Citing an ISIS communications source, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that Baghdadi sent a letter to all of the ISIS communications offices instructing them to edit the propaganda videos to show only the beginning of the decapitation process and then jumping to the end result.
ARA News reported that, according to sources, al-Baghdadi was responding to the feelings of Muslims who regarded the videos as “disgusting and scary to children”.
It is unclear exactly when Baghdadi issued the edict banning execution videos, but it is speculation that it occurred in the past few weeks. This order is said to be controversial even within the DAESH organization, which is well known for its ISIS beheading videos. They are also seen as a recruitment tool for other willing jihadists. While other militants rejected the decision saying that such scenes are meant to intimidate their enemies, represented by western powers, and not the common folk.
Some agree the videos, which often show people being put to death in horrific ways, including being drowned in cages, thrown off buildings and blowing people up, are not good for the image of the so-called caliphate.
“The terrorist group describes its crimes as the application of the rule of God”, Hisso said.
Islamic State leader bans videos showing entire beheadings