July 10, 2006

Beheading Desecration Video of Dead U.S. Soldiers Released on Internet by al Qaeda (Video/Images)

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A brutal video showing the desecration of the bodies of two U.S. soldiers has been released on the internet by an al Qaeda linked group. The Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video. The video and images from it are posted at the end of this article.

This video shows the true face of the enemies we fight. However you feel about the war in Iraq, this should enrage you. They are ruthless barbarians who boast about killing those they have taken hostage.

We show you these images so that you will understand what it is we are up against. The video and images should enrage you. If you do not have righteouss anger after seeing this, you are beyond hope. Update: Or, as reminded by Jason in the comments, they ought to at least give you clarity and resolve to defeat them.

Update: John at Powerline laments that POTUS has not followed Putin's example, and ordered the killing of the AQ scum who did this. However, I have received several e-mails from officers serving in Iraq who wanted the video.

One Air Force officer told me he was about to do a brief and wanted to show it to his men. So, if POTUS hasn't directly ordered revenge, I have a feeling the military is about to take it upon themselves to find and kill the AQ bastards who did this.

Vengeance may not always be swift, but it is always sweet.

UPDATE II: Allahpundit over at Hot Air had put up most of the vid that we sent him, but Michelle Malkin asked him to take it down. It was very disturbing, so we understand. Images still posted below.

Update III: With Allahpundit's help, we have posted a shortened version of the video below. Scroll all the way to the end of this post. Very graphic.

Links to original vid will be sent via e-mail to members of intel community, bloggers, or media on request. Please e-mail Rusty (not Vinnie) directly.

UPDATE: SITE now reporting:

The Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq issued today, July 10, 2006, a 4:39 minute video that shows the mutilated corpses of the two American soldiers the group stated to have captured on June 19, 2006. The extremely graphic footage is preceded by an audio clip of a past Usama bin Laden speech, and an audio track from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is heard over the scenes in which the Mujahideen display and prod the corpses.

A message introducing the video states that this video is presented as “revenge for our sister who was dishonored by a soldier of the same brigade,” referencing the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and her family by a group of American soldiers in al-Mahmoudiya.

UPDATE II:MSM now reporting:
Here is a film on the remains of the bodies of the two American soldiers kidnapped near Yussufiyah (south of Baghdad). We are showing it to avenge our sister who was raped by a soldier belonging to the same division as these two soldiers," said a preamble by the Mujahedeen Al-Shura Council, an al-Qaeda dominated alliance of armed Sunni groups in Iraq.

When guerillas learned of the rape, "they repressed their sighs to avoid news of the affair spreading but they swore to avenge their sister", the council said on its usual website.

"Praise God, they captured two soldiers from the same division as this vile crusader. Here are the remains ... to rejoice the hearts of the faithful," the statement said

WARNING: Graphic description, images & video below.

The two victims, Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker, were members of the 101st Airborne division abducted by al Qaeda in Iraq. A third soldier died in the attack.

Their bodies were later recovered not far from where they had been kidnapped. The US military now says that their corpses were found tied together with a bomb between them. Three roadside bombs were planted around the bodies. The bodies had been decapitated.

The video bears the logo of The Mujahadin Shura Council and al Qaeda in Iraq. Contrary to reports by al Qaeda and in the MSM, the video appears to show that the two soldiers were already dead before at least one of them was beheaded.

After a brief introdcuction with an image and the voice of Osama bin Laden, the video shows the two dead soldiers lying on a bridge. Both are already dead.

One of the men has already been beheaded, the other man is dead. An al Qaeda member holds the severed head of one of the dead soldiers.

One of the two soldiers appear to have been shot, the other has multiply wounds but appears to have also been hit by an explosive.

The video also blurs out one of the dead men's genitels, apparently al Qaeda believes showing that would be over-the-top.

Later, an image of the now dead leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, is superimposed over the film. Zarqawi had personally murdered several people by beheading and then released those films on the internet.

The entire video has a voice over of what sounds like Abu Musab al Zaraqawi [UPDATE: Confirmed by MSM] calling Muslims to jihad. A nasheed, or Islamic jihad song, can also be heard in the background.

The new head of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, had claimed that he had personally "slit the throats" of Tucker and Menchaca. The video seems to suggest otherwise and that the al Qaeda leader is lying. But, it's possible that he happened to be at the ambush. Not likely, but possible. Update 7/11: George tells me that Rita Katz at SITE now confirming that Abu Hamza al-Muhajir's claim is bogus. Not that it took a rocket scientist to figure that out. But it is interesting that the new leader of al Qaeda would want to tie himself to the old leader who did personally behead his victims.

UPDATE IV: And so the media frenzy begins. The NY Times, yes the NY Times actually questions the validity of the "Mahmudiya rape-murder" defense by al Qaeda. More then that, the NY Times actually questions whether the U.S. soldiers accused of the mass-murder were actually involved at all.

UPDATE 7/11: Greyhawk points out to me that my interpretation here is off. The villagers simply didn't know, at first, that it might have been U.S. soldiers. Good point. I would also caution him that some portion of Iraqi locals almost always suspect the U.S. was behind every death in Iraq. Paranoia and conspiracy theories run rampant.

But he also makes a related point in an e-mail to me, that others have also pointed out. When the Mujahidin Shura Council (the al Qaeda umbrella group in Iraq) first announced that they had killed Menchaca & Tucker, they said nothing about the rape-murder case. In fact, the two were killed before the investigation was announced.

More bogus propaganda from al Qaeda.

Also, had to turn comments off. Major problems with the server. Trackbacks are also not working properly. My apologies.


WARNING: Graphic images & video below. Please do not proceed if you are under 18, a friend or relative of the family of the victims or of any soldiers in Iraq, or do not want to be filled with anger towards our enemies in Iraq.

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Last chance. Images & vud below. We're serious, the family or friends of the victims do not need to see this.

Remember the 'falling man' images from 9/11? That victim's family did not need to see those images either. Sadly, the rest of us did. To truly grasp the evil nature of our enemies.

If you have forgotten what it is we are up against, please proceed. If you remember the evil nature of the jihadis we fight, then no need. Continue your support of our troops.

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Hat tip to George, Scooter, and Archangel.

UPDATE

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:50 PM | Comments |