Isis has banned beheading videos because they are worried about offending people

Isis’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly told his commanders that they must tone down the group’s gruesome videos of beheadings and other violent murders in order not to offend fellow Muslims and children “who find such images repulsive”.

The London-based, Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper and the Kurdish news agency ARA reported the decree was made after a number of videos were posted online during Ramadan, including the drowning of men in a cage, murders using explosive “necklaces” and the beheading of a Syrian soldier by a young boy in Palmyra.

According to the report, Baghdadi told his propagandists that decapitations should not be shown in full – only the first cut and the final result. The group’s latest video, which was released on Friday, seemed to follow the new guideline, reports said.

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