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What does it mean when you dream about beheading?

A dream of being beheaded may indicate traumatic memories about bad judgments and wrong decisions made by the dreamer. The head symbolizes the intellect, so beheading can also represent alienation from feelings or from one’s own body. (See also Decapitation, Guillotine).

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The Abu Sayyaf has released a video clip threatening to behead the foreign hostages.
He was part of a terror cell led by Birmingham fanatic Parviz Khan, who was sentenced to life back in 2008 for plotting to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier.
The captives, wearing orange jumpsuits, are believed to have been beheaded in the Syrian city of Hama
BAGHDAD - The Islamic State group beheaded an Iraqi police officer and two soldiers, the latest in a long series of atrocities committed by the jihadists, according to pictures posted online Sunday.
On June 27, 2013, a priest and another Christian were beheaded, before a cheering crowd by Syrian insurgents who said they aided and abetted the enemy.
They recalled their Ambassador in Riyadh after one of Indonesian national Ruyati binti Sapubi, - a housemaid was beheaded by Saudi Arabian Authorities.
They were accused of planning to behead the Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper if demands for the release of Muslim prisoners and the withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan were not met.
Abu Sayyaf behead villager in Sulu !-- -- Roel Parentildeo (The Philippine Star) - January 21, 2019 - 12:00am ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits allegedly shot and beheaded a villager they suspected of giving information that led to the arrest of one of their cohorts in Indanan, Sulu on Thursday.
"A mother told her four-year daughter to go home and she refused and then the mother told her unintentionally 'go home and I swear to God that I will behead you if you don't' and one of the ISIL members heard this and told the mother since you swore to God you should behead her but the mother strongly opposed," A Syrian women who has recently escaped from Raqqa said.
The threat of the Abu Sayyaf Group to behead two German captives is part of the ploy to raise the demand for ransom and hasten its payment.
A group calling itself Ansar al-Jihad group claimed it would behead the three in 48 hours unless Allawi and his government release all female and male detainees in Iraq and lift the Fallujah siege.
His captors threatened to behead him unless all Iraqi prisoners were freed.