April 24, 2007

Taliban Child Beheads American "Spy": The Return of Zarqawi Chic

Via The Jawa Report:

I've been warning about this for some time, the return of beheading chic to Islamc terror propaganda videos. Think the Islamists could get any more disgusting than Abu Musab al Zarqawi's frequent beheading snuff films? Think again. Imagine the same video, but this time a child does it.

AP:

The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive's head to cries of "God is great!" and hoists it in triumph by the hair.

A video circulating in Pakistan records the grisly death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan...

The footage shows Nabi making what is described as a confession, being blindfolded with a checkered scarf.
"He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate," says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified.

A continuous 2 1/2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out "Allahu akbar!"—"God is great!"—as blood spurts from the wound.

The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man's neck until the head is severed.
Oh. My. God.

What's odd is that the video isn't making the rounds on the normal internet forums yet, where they are usually released. Perhaps the media savvy American Adam Gadahn, who helps produce propaganda videos for al Qaeda, warned that the video wouldn't go over too well? After all, these videos are designed to inspire either fear or sympathy, and showing a child murder a hostage simply inspires disgust.