February 14, 2007

Video: American Soldier Held Hostage in Iraq Alive (bumped)

ahmed_altaie.jpgA video posted on a Shiite Islamist website has emerged of an American soldier, Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, being held hostage. The Jawa Report has obtained the ORIGINAL copy of the video. It is posted below.

Right after Altaie was captured by forces allegedly tied to the Mahdi Army, a relative contacted The Jawa Report. I won't identify her out of respect for what she is going through, but she was depressed that the media had written her relative off and wrote to ask if we really believed he was still alive. I'm very glad that he is.

Altaie was born in Iraq but immigrated to the United States. Even though he was much older than the average U.S. serviceman, he volunteered right after the Iraq war broke out. He felt it was his duty to help the effort and his native language skills were much needed. Not only that, but here was a chance to serve both his adopted country and the country of his birth.

We pray for his safe and immediate release.

AP:

A Shiite militant group has issued a video of an Iraqi-American soldier who was kidnapped nearly four months ago while visiting his wife in downtown Baghdad, a U.S. television network reported Wednesday.

The U.S. government has offered a $50,000 reward leading to the recovery of Iraqi-born American Army translator Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a 41-year-old reserve soldier from Ann Arbor, Mich., who was abducted by gunmen on Oct. 23.

The video was broadcast by CNN and it was unclear when it was made. Al-Taayie's uncle identified him from the video, the network said. The video did not immediately turn up in an Associated Press search of militant Web sites.

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said officials were aware of the video and were analyzing a copy of it to ascertain its authenticity.

A huge search operation turned up no solid leads to the fate of al-Taayie, who was visiting his Iraqi wife when he was handcuffed and taken away by gunmen during a visit to the woman's family.

Al-Taayie's uncle, Entifadh Qanbar, said at the time that he believed his nephew's abductors belong to a "well-organized" rogue cell from the Shiite Mahdi Army militia of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

The video is posted below.

SITE:


A posting to a Shi’ite jihadist forum, made in the name of a previously unknown Iraqi Shi’te insurgency group, Ahl al-Bayt Brigades, yesterday, February 13, 2007, contained a 10 second video showing abducted U.S. Army Sgt. Ahmed Qusai Altaie....

Though the video carries no audio, a document was also issued, in which the group states “we warn the American people of the result of sending their soldiers to Iraq so they don’t face the same fate…”

Here is link the video. The man is speaking but there is no sound.

Update: Embedded copy of the video below, it's a bit slow.

Here is the original message:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

((وقذف في قلوبهم الرعب فريقا تقتلون وتأسرون فريقا))

صدق الله العلي العظيم

قامت سرايا أهل البيت ((ع)) المجاهدة بأسر الجندي الاميركي احمد قصي الذي يعمل برتبة جندي رابع في الفرقة الرابعة الاميركية

ونحن نحذر الشعب الاميركي من مغبة إرسال جنوده إلى العراق حتى لا يلاقوا نفس المصير الذي يلاقيه جنوده من قتل وجرح واسر.

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Hat tip: Tribeca

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:45 AM | Comments |