An al Qaeda leader in Yemen has suggested in a new online video that the beheading and filming of prisoners is un-Islamic because it does not meet Muslim standards of kindness.
Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) described the act as ugly and said his own group had banned the practice.
IS, an offshoot of the al Qaeda network, has carved out territory in Syria and Iraq with military victories over government troops and former Islamist allies and violence against civilians. Its fighters sometimes film their beheadings of prisoners and post the footage online.
“There is no doubt that some of our brothers have been influenced by scenes of beheadings which have proliferated lately,” bin Ali al-Ansi said in video posted on Twitter, without referring to Islamic State by name.