Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Nicholas Berg, 26, Beheaded by Jihad

A video of his murder was posted to an Islamist website. Berg is show on his knees with his hands bound behind him while one of five masked men claiming to be terrorist Abu Mus'ad Al Zarqawi reads a long statement. As they murder Nicholas Berg, the men scream in Arabic, “Allahu Akbar!” — “God is great.” They then hold his head up for the camera.

The Northeast Intelligence Network has a translation of text from that website. Here are some quotes:
Then you kill the polytheists where you find them and you take them and count them and place them where they can be seen.

And you see the slaughter, your fighting brothers suspend the head of this unbeliever on one of Baghdad bridges so that they teach a lesson to others from the infidels and serves as a witness to the honour of the Muslims.
The Northeast Intelligence Network links to the actual, unedited video but warns that It is a gruesome video, and will almost certainly offend you and make you angry. As it should.

This entire thing plays out just like the Daniel Pearl murder in Pakistan. The statement he read about his mother and father and where he was from, the video camera, and of course the method of execution.

Nicholas Berg was not a soldier or a member of the armed services. He was 26 years old.

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