Young Taliban Beheads Ghulam Nabi

Updated (24 APR 07): YouTube Video of the beheading (slightly edited):

The only video I can find of this, right now, is from Fox News. Of course, there is an advertisement right before the main video begins, so patience is a virtue.

Click HERE for the video



KILI FAQIRAN, Pakistan — 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.

An Associated Press reporter confirmed Nabi’s identity by visiting his family in Kili Faqiran, their remote village in southwestern Pakistan.

The video, which was obtained by AP Television News in the border city of Peshawar on Tuesday, appears authentic and is unprecedented in jihadist propaganda because of the youth of the executioner.

Captions mention Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s current top commander in southern Afghanistan, although he does not appear in the video. The soundtrack features songs praising Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar and “Sheikh Osama” — an apparent reference to Osama bin Laden, who is suspected of hiding along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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.

A Pashto-language voiceover in the video identifies Nabi and his home village of Kili Faqiran in Baluchistan province, which lies about two hours’ drive from the Afghan border.

A reporter went to the village, and Nabi’s distraught and angry father, Ghulam Sakhi, confirmed his son’s identity from a still picture that AP made from the footage. He said neighbors had told him the video is available at the village bazaar, but he had no wish to see it.

Sakhi said his son had been a loyal Taliban member who fought in Afghanistan and sheltered the hard-line Afghan group’s leaders in the family’s mud-walled compound.

He blames the Taliban and wants to avenge his son’s death.

“The Taliban are not mujahedeen. They are not fighting for the cause of Islam,” the 70-year-old said. “If I got my hands on them I would kill them and even tear their flesh with my own teeth.”

Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, told AP he had no information about Nabi or the video. None of the group’s commanders he contacted could confirm the execution, he said.

The method of Nabi’s death was not unusual for Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions. Suspected informers are regularly found beheaded and dumped along the side of the road in the lawless, mountainous regions along the Afghan-Pakistani border where Al Qaeda and Taliban militants find sanctuary.

But such Al Qaeda-style killings are rarely featured in the Taliban’s increasingly frequent propaganda videos. The use of a child to conduct the beheading stands out even among those filmed by militants in Iraq.

“This is outright barbarism,” Iqbal Haider, secretary-general of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said after viewing the video. “Whosoever has committed this, whether they are Taliban or anybody else or any Afghan or Al Qaeda or anybody, they are enemy No. 1 of the Muslims.”

The video accuses Nabi of responsibility for a U.S. airstrike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani, who was regarded as one of the top three associates of Omar, the Taliban supreme leader. He was hit while traveling by car in Afghanistan’s Helmand province Dec. 19.

Osmani was the highest-ranking Taliban leader to die since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that ousted the hard-line regime in late 2001 for refusing to hand over bin Laden following the Sept. 11 terror attack on the United States.

The U.S. military said at the time that Osmani’s death was a serious blow to militant operations, and NATO commanders said this week that a feared spring offensive had yet to materialize.

Sakhi, a retired mosque preacher with a long gray beard, spoke unashamedly of his son’s Taliban affiliation and wept twice during an interview in his simple home at the foot of a mountain valley in Baluchistan province.

He said Nabi fought against the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance that helped U.S. forces to victory in Afghanistan.

After returning to Pakistan, Nabi ran a religious school in the Baluchistan capital of Quetta and had regularly sheltered both Osmani and Dadullah at the family compound, the father said.

He said Nabi also bought weapons for Taliban fighters and organized medical treatment for those injured during fighting in Afghanistan.

Some days after Osmani’s death, Nabi went to Peshawar and then to Wana, a tribal town considered a militant stronghold, to collect money from Taliban officials to buy guns and food for militants in Afghanistan, Sakhi said.

He said his son called at the end of January to reveal that a tribal council had sentenced him to death on charges of tipping off U.S. forces about Osmani’s movements, despite his denials.

His son passed the phone to Dadullah, but the militant leader ignored his pleas for clemency, Sakhi said.

“I talked to him and said you visited us and my son was a close friend so why are you going to hang him? He just said, ‘How are you?’, and switched off the phone,” Sakhi said.

“They are the enemies of Islam,” he said of the Taliban. “They are behaving like savages.”

Sam Zarifi, Asia research director for Human Rights Watch, said the use of a child to commit such an act constituted a war crime and was a “new low” in the conflict in Afghanistan.

He noted the Taliban had teenage combatants but they were not recruited on a large scale because of the availability of adult fighters. He said he had seen children in the background of some jihadist videos but none in which they were directly involved in violence.

“I don’t know why they would do this,” Zarifi said. “The Taliban have to some extent tried to play to the public in Afghanistan and have not engaged in the complete sowing of mayhem that we have seen in Iraq. But this kind of act is really egregious. It’s off the charts.”

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25 Comments on “Young Taliban Beheads Ghulam Nabi”

  1. Ronin Says:

    Agggghhhhhhh another outrage! This site is sick, sick, sick. Knives and children should be outlawed. Not some-all of them. If knives and children are outlawed only outlaws will have knives and children. History has shown worshippers of allah can not handle the awesome responsibility that comes with knife ownership and the raising of normal (non homicidal) children. I have long suspected with the knives gone Muslims will calm down and learn to play nice with each other and infidels. True some Muslim heads will simply fall off on their own but many will stay attached to their thick heads and pencil necks. Without children once this generation dies off, islam will cease to be. Save the children save the world.

  2. Ballou Says:

    This is just awfull. Savages motivated by devils power. “God” or any religion has nothing to do with this. Just animals, picks that have to be banned from this world.

  3. todd Says:

    f#$king animals


    I appreciate your anger but watch the language we do get a few kids around here from time to time.


  4. todd Says:

    nuke em!

  5. Tom Burns Says:

    Here we go—takes a lotta guts to cut someones head off–that little punk–hope his name is published so the poor guys 70 year old dad or I can take care of him–tell that little coward/puke that his head is next—-and tell him this 50 year old american will take on his whole family one at a time—-but your family cowards won’t take the chance–one on one is what men are made of —WHILE ALL THE TALIBAN ARE PUSSIES–please let me at a few of these cowards

  6. az_conservative Says:

    They are not animals. Animals have more dignity and intelligence than Muslims. Muslims are evil things.

  7. Tom Says:

    This stuff does not represent Muslims or Islam. The fact that they are killing Muslims shows that this stuff is not what Islam teaches, for what religion teaches to kill in such a cruel way to members of its own followers.

    • Ashley Says:

      Well, if they dont represent islam, then they are MISREPRESENTING islam.

      So why the f**k dont the rest, the ‘majority’ of the ‘true’ muslims help us kill all the bloody taliban for shaming their honour and beliefs?

      Shall i tell you why? Because ALL muslims are secretly enemies of the west, even if they keep it private. Thats why we shouldnt let them into our countries, yet half of bloody britain is islamic. There are MOSQUES built on our ancient land! And they hate us for our hospitality! kick those ungrateful bomb laying bastards out.

  8. And yet, here we are…

  9. Mullah Lodabullah Says:

    “This stuff does not represent Muslims or Islam.”

    Seems to me like a reasonable facsimile of muslims and islam to me – I would go so
    far as to say they are getting in some practice for Ezekiel 38 & 39, when they will
    die by killing each other (among other things). There are consequences for following
    false prophets like Mo – in this life, and after death, when Mo’s unsaved followers go
    to join him in the islamic paradise (the Biblical lake of fire).

  10. fred Says:

    It’s religion period.All of it is nuts

  11. The Dude Says:

    Funny – I find it funny the Muslims are sickend but yet allow this to happen. That child that conducted the beheading – His as*hole will be ruled by Satan, most Muslims even though they adhere to rules – Will be f*cked by Satan – The False pRophet mUHammed at this very moment is getting Gang raped by Demons. And, yes, I think it is funny as Hell!!!!
    So go suicide yourself, kill your self – I kinda find it funny in a sick way. And don’t care!!!





  14. Mullah Lodabullah Says:

    “I pray to allah because allah forgive it”

    Really? On what basis does “allah” hear prayers, and forgive “it” or anything else? allah is impotent, and his false prophet is dead.

  15. Akrimo Says:

    You people are ignorant. You people are a huge reason why the Taliban exists. You are ignorant and think the world is yours. You think the Taliban is corrupt? Look at America. It has *perfected* corruption.

    • Gonzo Says:

      So let me see if I’ve got this straight, because I really hope to understand your perspective here.

      This blogger points out that a child has been indoctrinated to murder another person based on religious pretext, for merely being accused of associating with another nation. Commentors here along with other Muslims in the article indicate that this is horrific and based on bastardized versions of God’s message to humanity, but in your eyes, it is this blog that is ignorant.

      Further, you fault the forming of and atrocities committed by radical elements of a distant and foreign land on those who would speak out against such atrocity – atrocities that have been around in Islam for 1500 years. You further indicate that it is this ignorance which leads people who would denounce such atrocity as believing that the world belongs to them, when in fact it is the radical, (and not so radical) elements of Islam that are actually attempting world domination.

      Finally, from what I gather, it is your perspective that the atrocities committed by radical Islam is perfectly acceptable because of a perceived corruption in America, which I can only assume to mean acts by both those in leadership roles and those who are not, who do immoral things. Actions that one would find in every country on every continent, (even Islam), around the world. Naturally then, it is ok for those in Islam to commit extreme and wide spread atrocities against mankind around the globe.

      Does that pretty much summarize your point of view?
      If so, I must say, you are the reason that Prophet Muhammad said that Islam would divide 72 times, and only 1 would be right. Clearly, you are not part of the 1.4% that are right.

  16. islams not for me Says:

    O really akrimo….

    The taliban follow a corrupted document named the quran and follow a false profit named muhammad that was morally and culturally corrupted by his visions and is bizzare ideas.

    And all this before America became a country.

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