ISIS sources are said to have been particularly concerned that the videos are too scary for children to watch, and risks alienating them from a future generation of recruits.
Even though the Islamic State has gained infamy for its brutal execution videos, it turns out Al-Baghdadi has had a “change of heart” about sharing such horrific things.
It is unclear exactly when Baghdadi issued the edict banning execution videos, but it is speculation that it occurred in the past few weeks.
Several Arab media, citing an Islamic State media source, reported on Friday that Baghdadi banned the videos because it could hurt the feelings of Muslims and children “who may find these scenes grotesque”, the ISIS source was quoted as saying.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader, has told his commanders the graphic clips could offend youngsters.
It came not long after the militants released a video showing a slew of new and horrifying ways their warped minds had come up with to kill people.
However, with other groups like Boko Haram now following ISIS’s lead and releasing videos of them murdering their enemies, al-Baghdadi’s order may not mean the end of such vile clips. 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 website said Baghdadi ordered that his followers don’t include scenes of the actual executions in their videos and limit them to moments before or after the act.
Past videos of executions of hostages – which have included non-combatants such as journalists and aid workers – had sparked anger not only in the United States, but in other parts of the Middle East.