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