August 13, 2004

Another Egyptian 'CIA Agent' Beheading Video

UPDATE: For latest news, information, images, and links to video on the hostage situation in Iraq PLEASE GO TO THE MAIN PAGE BY CLICKING HERE than scroll down.

Update 9/20/04: American Hostage Eugene Armstrong Beheading Video here.

Graphic pics posted in extended entry. In the Bullpen has graciously offered to host the video. Go HERE for video.

AP:

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — An Islamic Web site posted still pictures Friday that purportedly show Iraqi militants beheading an Egyptian man they claim was spying for the U.S. military.
The pictures are posted at a web-site connected to terrorist zombie numero uno, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The pictures strike me as being in the same location as the last Egyptian 'CIA Agent' was murdered. (See previous posts: Beheading Victim Egyptian, Not American, Beheaded man 'not CIA agent', CIA Agent Executed: Another Beheading Video)

The victim and the alleged proof that he was wired.

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More below, including graphic pics. Please do not proceed if you do not want to see how horrible our enemies our. These are sick bastards we are fighting.

Also on the case: Jeff Quinton, Gordon, James Joyner, In The Bullpen

EXTENDED ENTRY: Pics below news items. Last Warning

AP:

There was no way to verify the authenticity of the images, and there was no record that the man, identified on the Web site as Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli, had been kidnapped. The pictures are apparently stills from a video on the site that could not be accessed.

A second Web site, an English-language site that does not appear to have political links, carried the video of the beheading. Neither site gave a date for the killing.

The pictures and video were not connected to a video that emerged Wednesday purporting to show Iraqi militants beheading a man they alleged was a CIA agent. The victim in Wednesday's tape has not been identified.

Reports that Mutwalli had been killed first surfaced Wednesday, but Egyptian government officials have not confirmed his death. Mutwalli's family said they had not heard from him for 15 years.

Police officials said Mutwalli, 45, went to Iraq in 1986 to work as a car mechanic. He comes from the village of Saqr in Dakahlia province in the Nile Delta, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

His father, Fawzi Mutwalli, a 67-year-old watchman, said he only heard news of his son's purported killing from journalists Thursday.

"I have no idea. If he is dead, let me know, and send me his body," he said.

He said Egyptian security officials came Thursday to get information about his son but did not confirm the killing.

Although the family had not heard from Mutwalli for more than 15 years, the father dismissed suggestions his son could be a spy.

Mohammed is not educated. He can't speak English. How can he be a spy?" the elder Mutwalli said Friday.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials.

Until Friday, there had been no evidence of an Arab hostage having been beheaded by Iraqi militants acting for political motives. A Lebanese Muslim hostage, Hussein Alyan, was killed this year, but his kidnappers may have had criminal motives because they made no political demands to spare his life.

The latest images show three masked men standing in front of a banner carrying the name and golden-sun logo of Tawhid and Jihad, the group led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi that has claimed responsibility for beheading other hostages in Iraq, including American Nicholas Berg and South Korean translator Kim Sun-il.

The pictures show a man, with a mustache and wearing an Arabic robe, sitting in front of the three masked men with his hands tied behind his back. Captions on the pictures of the hostage say: "From the Arab Republic of Egypt. Mohammed Fawzi Abdaal Mutwalli. I was working as a spy with the Americans in Iraq."

A statement that appeared on the Web site alongside the pictures said: "This is the story of the Egyptian traitor spy."

"This criminal confessed that he was taking electronic devices from the Americans to throw them into the Mujahedeen's (holy warriors') locations so the Americans could identify the targets and raid them with planes and missiles," it said.

The sequential pictures then show the man lying on the ground. A militant decapitates him with a knife and places his severed head on his back.

In the video shown on the second Web site, the militant who kills the hostage says in Arabic: "Today we are executing God's punishment on this criminal by beheading him."

Pics Below. Before viewing the pics, answer me this: Are these beheading against the teachings of Islam?? Via Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch (please, read the whole thing), responding to a NRO article:
But is Akyol correct at least that Islam forbids the killing of captives? No:

When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests ... (of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner's death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy. [o9.14]

The caliph? But there is no caliph. Is that a way out? Probably not. The manual says that "It is offensive to conduct a military expedition against hostile non-Muslims without the caliph's permission," but "if there is no caliph, no permission is required" (o9.6).....

It's interesting that he quotes 47:4, because that verse contains one of the Qur'an's justifications for beheading:

Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens.

This is the key to Akyol's whole argument: he says that "after the war, they should be released for free or ransomed," in line with this verse's call for "generosity or ransom" at the point when "the war lays down its burdens." But the jihadists in Iraq do not believe that the war is over; far from it. They just declared jihad anew. As such, they would argue that it is not time for "generosity or ransom," but for the smiting "at their necks."

The legal manual 'Umdat al-Salik actually bases its choices on this verse: the Muslims may decide to kill, ransom or release prisoners based on what is best for the Islamic community. And that decision will no doubt be made on the basis of judgments about the status of the war and the prospects for a cessation of hostilities, however temporary.

Again, I suggest reading the whole thing.

Warning: Very Graphic!! Do not proceed!!! However, if you are an adult and wish to be reminded of 9/11--reminded of the sickness you felt--reminded of the anger you felt--go on.

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The video these stills are from can be found at In the Bullpen who has offered to host it.

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:29 PM | Comments |