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Video Shows Beheading of American in Iraq


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#1    DC09

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 07:18 PM

CAIRO, Egypt - A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed the beheading of an American civilian in Iraq and said the execution was carried out by an al-Qaida affiliated group to avenge the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.


The video bore the title "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi shown slaughtering an American." It was unclear whether al-Zarqawi — an associate of Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) — was shown in the video, or was claiming responsibility for ordering the execution.


Al-Zarqawi also is said to have ties to terrorist groups ranging from Ansar al Islam in Iraq to Egyptian Islamic Jihad. He's believed to be behind many attacks in Iraq, including numerous high-profile operations.


The video pictures of the execution showed five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks, standing over a bound man in an orange jumpsuit — similar to a prisoner's uniform — who identified himself as Nick Berg, a U.S. civilian whose body was found on a highway overpass in Baghdad on Saturday.


"My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael, my mother's name is Suzanne," the man said on the video. "I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in ... Philadelphia."


There was no way to be certain the tape was authentic.


After reading a statement, the men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting "Allahu Akbar!" — "God is great." They then held the head out before the camera.

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 07:30 PM

That must have been horrible. crying.gif

Did I mention I am never taking a contract job in the middle east?

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 07:34 PM

so dishonorable. the least they could have done was untie him, maybe give him a knife to defend himself.

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE (fluffybunny @ May 11 2004, 02:30 PM)
Did I mention I am never taking a contract job in the middle east?

My Dad is thinking about it.  crying.gif

My brother is already there in the Army!  crying.gif

Oh don't give me more reason to worry!!!  sad.gif  


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Posted 11 May 2004 - 08:35 PM

I was planning to go into a rant, but instead I think I'll just say a prayer for the family. And a special one for Kellalor's father and brother.




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Posted 11 May 2004 - 09:54 PM

Sick B@$t@rds. Typical bully boy attitude, has to be a gang against one victim, have to wear balaclava's,  Not even the decency as was mentioned to even allow this man to defend himself!  I see no men here just cowards. Nasty sick sick sick...

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 09:55 PM

QUOTE (stillcrazy @ May 11 2004, 03:35 PM)
I think I'll just say a prayer for the family. And a special one for Kellalor's father and brother.

Thank you.
It means a lot to me.  


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Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:12 PM

i was going to say something, but i rethink it, and i add to the prayer for the family of the guy.....

Iīm an evil pinko UN slave liberal commie

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:17 PM

Kellalor,

Gosh I never even saw your post, just started a rant. My thoughts go out to your very brave brother! And please try not to worry too much, although I have no idea the sort of strain you must feel. It will all be okay I am sure. original.gif

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Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:30 PM

That's okay, I agree with you.  

They are sick bastards.  disgust.gif

Thanks for the kind words.  


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Posted 11 May 2004 - 10:32 PM

When will we wake up that these are the kind of people we are supposed to "talk" to. There is no talking to them.

Anybody with half a brain should really get the hell out of the Middle East right now. It is not worth your life!



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Posted 11 May 2004 - 11:08 PM

             This is not a new tactic of demoralising an enemy but it is a $%^@% sick one........

      I hope your brother comes out ok.

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 01:35 AM

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Anybody with half a brain should really get the hell out of the Middle East right now. It is not worth your life!


Apparently many brave and honorable men and women both in the military as well as in the civilian population DO think it is worth their life.  One doesn't have to go to Bagdad to be mutilated or tortured or killed.  Dallas, Texas provides a daily supply of that all by itself....as does every other major population center.

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 04:31 AM

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 05:43 AM

QUOTE (joc @ May 11 2004, 06:35 PM)
The answer is not to 'cut and run' but to WIN!

Win what exactly? And How?

The same way we have been winning lately?

We've been winning all over the world haven't we? The support that we once had in the Muslim world after 9/11 has been blown away by our attempt to win. At one point we could have used the support of the Muslim world to fight against the terrorists that were responsible for 9/11, unfortunately we sent that support out the window when we went after Iraq for reasons unsubstantiated to date. That is a different topic though.

We should have gone in, we shouldn't be there now. There was no reason to be in Iraq that was worth all of the lives lost, hundreds of billions of dollars spent, and to see America's reputation destroyed in the eyes of the rest of the world.

I was in Iraq for the first war, I saw what happens in war firsthand. This war should have been a last resort, but it wasn't.

This poor guy and his family are just the latest victims of this rediculous war.

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

People should be working towards fixing problems, not creating them.




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