According to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, execution videos will be banned henceforth in order to “spare the feeling of fellow Muslims and their children.” This order is said to be controversial even within the DAESH organization, which is well known for its ISIS beheading videos.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, shortly before this announcement by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, execution videos were even starting to feature young child soldiers. While Jihadi John is infamous for the ISIS beheading videos, these so-called “cubs of the caliphate” or “ISIS cubs” are being trained in these intimidation tactics.
“The Islamic State cub of the caliphate appears to be a boy of about 10 years. The child soldier was adorned in a camouflage uniform and a black head bandanna. The Syrian military officer was reportedly forced to lay on the pavement as the ISIS cub approached from behind, pulls the man’s head back by the hair, and slits his throat with a small knife before beheading him. After the ISIS child beheads the Syrian soldier, the boy lifts the head into the air, and then, he places it on the back of the lifeless body on the pavement.”
While no one knows the exacts thoughts of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, execution videos like these may have provided the impetus for ending the practice. The Islamic State chief apparently banned the further release of ISIS execution videos because he fears offending fellow Muslims throughout the world.
ARA News is reporting that not everyone within the ISIS ranks may support the decision by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Execution videos are used as an intimidation tactic. In addition, Syrian politician and lawyer Ferid Hisso points out that the ISIS chief should have banned the inhumane practices currently being conducted within ISIS-controlled areas.
“Instead of banning the release of such videos, Baghdadi should have rather banned the crimes behind the scenes,” Hisso said. “But he has already justified the barbarism of his followers, and his decision makes no sense.”
Besides the infamous ISIS beheading videos, the Muslim terrorist group is also known for drowning people in cages, throwing them off buildings, and blowing them up on video. Shortly after the ISIS cub videos were released, the Islamic State produced other execution videos that included binding a group of men together with explosive necklaces. According to the Associated Post, another video showed ISIS firing a grenade launcher into a car full of prisoners. The Islamic State has also burned people alive, including the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was captured by DAESH.
While such practices will not be recorded based upon the order of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, execution videos have already become popular with other terror groups. Boko Haram has also begun filming such terrible acts and posting them on the internet.