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8 Dec, 2014 20:58

'Barbaric propaganda': Top Al-Qaeda commander denounces ISIS beheadings

'Barbaric propaganda': Top Al-Qaeda commander denounces ISIS beheadings

A senior military commander of Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda has denounced the beheadings performed by the so-called Islamic State militants, saying it is was propaganda and filming it is “not acceptable” whatever they say to justify that.

Nasr bin Ali al-Ansi appeared in a video answering a question asked in his Twitter account. A journalist asked if Al-Qaeda copied the tactics of its main rival, the Islamic State organization, by executing people.

Al-Ansi said filming and promoting it among people in the name of Islam and Jihad was a big mistake and not acceptable whatever the justifications were, adding it was barbaric.

Earlier, Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni wing, Al-Qaeda on the Arabic Peninsula (AQAP), threatened in a video to kill a British-born American photojournalist Luke Somers in three days if the US does not meet the terrorist group’s demands.

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On Sunday US forces performed an action to free the hostages but two of them - Luke Somers and Pierre Korkie - were killed during the gunfight. Eight other hostages were rescued.

The video response was apparently shot before the operation.

The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was formerly affiliated with Al-Qaeda before a disagreement in tactics led to a split, with Al-Qaeda leadership denouncing the IS in early 2014. The militants of the Islamic State, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria, launched a massive PR campaign posting videos of executions on internet, as well as other sort of propaganda materials.