October 28, 2004

Eleven Iraqi Hostages Murdered by Ansar al-Islam: One hostage beheaded in video

This is an archive page. For the latest news on The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, an offshoot of the Army of Ansar al-Islam, and other terrorist groups in Iraq please go to the MAIN PAGE HERE.

UPDATE 5/10: Army of Ansar al-Sunna website releases images of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. Images, story, and link to website.
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The Army of Ansar al-Islam has murdered eleven Iraqi National Guardsman in a video released by the group today. Two days ago the same group had released a video showing the captured Iraqis, accusing them of collaboration with the enemy. Ten of the victims are seen shirtless and kneeling in the video before they are shot in the back of the head by one of the terrorists with an AK-47. The video also shows the grisly beheading of one of the Iraqi victims.

iraqi-americans.jpg[Right: An image from the video showing the Eleven Iraqi National Guardsman-- Each hostage is told to state his name.

Left: An image from the video used for propaganda purposes showing the relationship between the Iraqi National Guard and American troops.]

The AP reports this translation of the voiceover on the video warning Iraqis who 'collaborate' to "Repent to God. ... Abandon your weapons and go home and beware of supporting the apostate Crusaders or their followers, the Iraqi government, or else you will only find death."

The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah website also carried the following warning ``We will not forget about the blood of our elderly, women and children that are shed daily in Fallujah, Samarra, Ramadi and elsewhere on your hands and the hands of those you work with.'' and according to the AP it said that the 11 slain men were ``responsible for guarding the Crusader American troops in the Radwaniya area'' in Baghdad.

Executing those accused of collaboration is a common tool of intimidation used by other Islamist terrorists in Palestine, Chechnya, and Kashmir.

A graphic video of the execution can be found at the Terrorist Media site.

WARNING: Graphic images from the video posted below.

In related hostage news, a video aired by al-Jazeera shows of a woman of Polish ancestry (possibly Polish-American), Teresa Borcz-Kalifa, held hostage by a previously unknown terrorist organization [more information here]. The group, calling itself the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Fundamentalist Brigades, says that she will not be released until Polish troops leave Iraq and all women are released by the Coalition. The Coalition is only holding two women, both of whom worked on Saddam Hussein's WMD program.

As reported here yesterday, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of the group formerly knows as Tawhid wal Jihad and now renamed 'Al-Qaida's Committee in Mesopotamia', has also released a videotape of a Japanese hostage. Zarqawi has threatened to behead 24 year old Japanese civilian Akio Koda within the next 24 hours if Japan's small contingent of non-combat engineering troops are not pulled out.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah murdered an Iraqi citizen named either Yassar Musil or Seif Adnan Kanaan on Oct. 23rd [information, images, and links to video here]. During the taped beheading of Turkish truck driver Ramadan Elbu on October 15th by the Army of Ansar al-Islam, one of the murderers identified himself as a follower of Zarqawi [information, video, and images here]. On October 11th, another individual claimed to be a member of Zarqawi's Tawhid and Jihad group on a beheading video released by the group--the victims were a Turkish truck driver and his Iraqi translator [information, video, and images here]. The Army of Ansar al Sunnah murdered an Iraqi named Barie Nafi'a Daoud Ibrahim on Oct. 2nd [images, link to video, and information here]. The same group murdered three Iraqis on September 16th (information, links to video, and images here). On August 31st, these terrorists executed 12 hostages from Nepal, one of them by beheading (information, links to video, and images here). On August 11th the group beheaded a man they claimed was a CIA agent (information and images here) and on August 25th the group beheaded a second alleged CIA agent (information and images here).

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES FOLLOW!!

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:10 PM | Comments |