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Sunday, June 27, 2004
More Beheading Threats, Including a Marine

By Steven Taylor @ 5:20 pm

Iraq Militants Threaten to Kill U.S. Hostage - TV

A brief video showed a blindfolded man dressed in camouflage carrying a Marine Corps identity card that named him as Wassef Ali Hassoun. It also showed other official documents with his name.

[…]

Hassoun is the latest foreigner to be kidnapped in Iraq. Earlier, Al Arabiya television broadcast a video from unidentified Iraqi gunmen who said they had kidnapped a Pakistani driver working for the U.S. military and who they threatened to behead unless Iraqi prisoners were freed.

Saturday, Jazeera aired a video tape allegedly from a group headed by al Qaeda-linked operative Abu Musab al Zarqawi in which it said it had kidnapped three Turks and threatened to behead them unless Turkish companies quit Iraq.

Ok, so this means that the terrorists have a US Marine with a Arab-sounding name, a Pakistani and three Turks (both muslim countries) and they are threatening to behead them all. Perhaps I don’t understand their PR campaign here, but surely beheading muslims will be somewhat counter-productive. At a minimum it would help demonstrate that this is clearly a war waged by jihadist fanatics against the whole world, including non-jihadist muslims.

Indeed, along those lines, the AP has the following:

The masked gunmen, who held assault rifles across their chests, said they would behead the Pakistani within three days unless the Americans freed prisoners held at Abu Ghraib and three cities of central Iraq-Balad, Dujail and Samarra. The gunmen said they captured the Pakistani near the U.S. base at Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad.

The hostage, who gave his name as Amjad, urged Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to close the Pakistani Embassy in Iraq and to ban Pakistanis from coming to Iraq.

“I’m also Muslim, but despite this they didn’t release me,” he said, bowing his head. “They are going to cut the head of any person regardless of whether he is a Muslim or not.”

Hat tip: Jeff Quinton.

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4 Comments

  1. There is no reason, at this point, to doubt they have an American.

    But I find it at least odd he is a Muslim and he would have been in a position to be taken without a fight from other Marines in the area.

    Is it just coincidence he is Muslim? And why was he alone, with no one else to assist?

    Just seems strange to me.

    Comment by Marc — Sunday, June 27, 2004 @ 8:02 pm

  2. I had the same questions. Something just doesn’t sound right.

    Comment by Cathy — Sunday, June 27, 2004 @ 8:08 pm

  3. Yeah it doesn’t sound right coz this time its a muslim but the fact is that terriorists don’t have a religion same as the one who bombed Oklahoma building or other groups. Why won’t Pakistani’s have to pay for their support in the war against the terrorists? Amjad is the same victim.

    Comment by Syed Javed — Thursday, July 1, 2004 @ 11:43 am

  4. I think its true, but chase for such brutals shouldn’t end.

    Comment by mike — Thursday, July 1, 2004 @ 11:47 am

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