Beheading video

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Beheading video is a colloquial term in the U.S. used during the "War on Terror" for videos released by Islamist militant groups depicting interviews by hostages taken by said groups. The prelude to these videos usually show the subject alive and pleading for their lives sometimes accompanied by their captors, sometimes not. The demands made are usually broad and general, such as total withdrawal of the hostage's nation's military forces from a particular Middle Eastern country, usually Iraq. Invariably a video depicting the actual beheading is released a few days later.[1]

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

Beheading videos released since 2001[edit]


A hoax beheading video by Benjamin Vanderford received wide attention by the American press.[2] The creators of the video claimed to have released the video to point out how uncritically the mainstream media would accept an anonymous video (the video turned up on U.S. media outlets immediately).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stannard, Matthew B. Beheading video seen as war tactic." San Francisco Chronicle. Thursday May 13, 2004. Retrieved on November 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "American fakes own decapitation in tape ." Associated Press at MSNBC. August 7, 2004. Retrieved on November 23, 2010.

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