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The Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has reportedly banned the group from making videos showing beheadings, which Isis is notorious for, claiming that they affect Muslims and children. 

Baghdadi has ordered Isis militants to only show the initial slitting of the prisoner's throat and the final scene of the victim's head placed on the body, the Al-Quds al-Arabi daily has reported. 

Baghdadi reportedly sent letters to Isis media houses calling for a ban on beheading videos so as to "respect the sensitivities of Muslims and children who find such images repulsive".

Some Isis members have resisted the new rule, stating that the videos are meant to intimidate the "enemies", according to ARA News

Isis' beheading videos have become part of the group's propaganda technique, to create fear and spread its ruthless ideologies across the world. 

Isis has even released a video showing a child fighter beheading a Syrian captive

The jihadist group's new ban on beheading videos is being seen as hypocritical as it has not banned the act of beheading itself. 

"Instead of banning the release of such videos, Baghdadi should have rather banned the crimes behind the scenes. But he has already justified the barbarism of his followers, and his decision makes no sense," Syrian politician Ferid Hisso told ARA News.