Propaganda and imagery have always been integral to terrorism. Their production by al-Qaida and Da’esh in the last four years has achieved a competitive quality and displays bewildering resilience to counter terrorist measures. The digital media made available to audiences globally exhibits a new dimension of immediacy of crime and ostentation. Following the searing images of the collapsing Twin Towers, videos of trials, beheadings, fighting and destruction have borrowed formats from video games and documentary films. The execution of people and the destruction of cultural places have been used to produce a self-righteous culture of annihilation. While conventional video games make use of historic events as a source of entertainment, terrorists’ videos can successfully claim the indivisibility of their acts of annihilation and their ownership of the imagery and ideology of this history - not unlike ancient Assyrian historiography. The failure of anti-terror propaganda such as the U.S. State Department’s video “Welcome to ISIS Land” begs the question of how foreign cultural policy can meaningfully respond to negative heritage of ideology and imagery of terrorism.