Al Qaeda Official Calls Beheadings Un-Islamic

A senior leader of al Qaeda in Yemen called beheadings by Islamic State fighters un-Islamic, according to Reuters, citing a video posted on Twitter. "Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him and upon his family,has ordered us to be kind in everything, even in killing, and it is not part of kindness to film beheadings and slayings and publish them in public, where sons and daughters of those killed can see," Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said in Arabic, according to Reuters. His own group bans beheadings, he said. Fighters who are part of IS, an offshoot of the al Qaeda network, sometimes film beheadings of prisoners. The Reuters report didn't say whether his comments also covered beheadings of western hostages.

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