Beheading video

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A beheading video is a form of propaganda or snuff video in which hostages are graphically decapitated.wikipedia
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Daniel Pearl

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It is often employed by groups seeking to instill shock or terror into a population, whilst beheading has been a widely employed public execution method since the ancient Greeks and Romans, videos of this type only began to arise in 2002 with the beheading of Daniel Pearl and the growth of the internet in the information age which allowed groups to anonymously publish these videos for public consumption.
On February 21, 2002, a video was released titled The Slaughter of the Spy-Journalist, the Jew Daniel Pearl.

Decapitation

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A beheading video is a form of propaganda or snuff video in which hostages are graphically decapitated.
Sometimes, the beheadings are videotaped and made available on the Internet.

Snuff film

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A beheading video is a form of propaganda or snuff video in which hostages are graphically decapitated.

Kidnapping and murder of Kenneth Bigley

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A second beheading video was released on 22 September by Bigley's captors, this time showing Bigley pleading for his life and begging British Prime Minister Tony Blair to save him.

Steven Sotloff

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On September 2, 2014, ISIS released a beheading video, showing one of its members beheading Sotloff.

ISIL beheading incidents

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Beheading videos have been frequently posted by ISIL members to social media.

Nick Berg

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On May 11, 2004, the website of the militant jihadist group Muntada al-Ansar posted a video with the opening title of "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi slaughters an American", which shows Berg being decapitated.

Alan Henning

He was the fourth Western hostage killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) whose killing was publicised in a beheading video.

Beheading in Islam

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Since 2002, they have circulated beheading videos as a form of terror and propaganda.

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They took hostages; guarded more than 20 Western hostages of ISIL in cramped cells in Western Raqqa, Syria; beheaded hostages; and memorialized their acts in beheading videos that they made public.

Ancient Greece

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It is often employed by groups seeking to instill shock or terror into a population, whilst beheading has been a widely employed public execution method since the ancient Greeks and Romans, videos of this type only began to arise in 2002 with the beheading of Daniel Pearl and the growth of the internet in the information age which allowed groups to anonymously publish these videos for public consumption.

Ancient Rome

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It is often employed by groups seeking to instill shock or terror into a population, whilst beheading has been a widely employed public execution method since the ancient Greeks and Romans, videos of this type only began to arise in 2002 with the beheading of Daniel Pearl and the growth of the internet in the information age which allowed groups to anonymously publish these videos for public consumption.

Information Age

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It is often employed by groups seeking to instill shock or terror into a population, whilst beheading has been a widely employed public execution method since the ancient Greeks and Romans, videos of this type only began to arise in 2002 with the beheading of Daniel Pearl and the growth of the internet in the information age which allowed groups to anonymously publish these videos for public consumption.

Sword

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The beheadings shown in these videos are usually not performed in a "classical" method – decapitating a victim quickly with a blow from a sword or axe – but by the relatively slow and tortuous process of slicing and sawing the victim's neck, while still alive, with a knife.

Axe

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The beheadings shown in these videos are usually not performed in a "classical" method – decapitating a victim quickly with a blow from a sword or axe – but by the relatively slow and tortuous process of slicing and sawing the victim's neck, while still alive, with a knife.

Knife

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The beheadings shown in these videos are usually not performed in a "classical" method – decapitating a victim quickly with a blow from a sword or axe – but by the relatively slow and tortuous process of slicing and sawing the victim's neck, while still alive, with a knife.

Islamic extremism

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Despite the number of groups and ideologies that employ this form of propaganda, the process is overwhelmingly associated with Islamic extremists.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

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The videos were popularized in 2004 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a radical Islamic militant.

Al-Qaeda

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The videos caused controversy among Islamic scholars, some of whom denounced them as against Islamic law; Al-Qaeda did not approve and Osama bin Laden considered them poor public relations.

Osama bin Laden

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The videos caused controversy among Islamic scholars, some of whom denounced them as against Islamic law; Al-Qaeda did not approve and Osama bin Laden considered them poor public relations.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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Regardless, they became popular with certain Islamic terrorist groups, such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Chicago Sun-Times

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Early videos were grainy and unsophisticated, but, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, had by 2004 been "growing in sophistication, using animated graphics and editing techniques apparently aimed at embellishing the audio to make a victim's final moments seem more disturbing".

World Wide Web

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These videos are often uploaded to the World Wide Web by terrorists, then discussed and distributed by web-based outlets, such as blogs, shock sites, and traditional journalistic media.