Skip to comments.Videos: Militants kill one hostage, to free another
Posted on 08/02/2004 5:14:46 AM PDT by a_Turk
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A video posted on the Internet shows a masked gunman pumping three bullets into a man's head in what appears to be the murder of a Turkish hostage by militants in Iraq. In another video, militants said they would free a Somali captive because his Kuwaiti employer agreed to stop working in Iraq.
A video posted on a Web site used by militant groups shows a man identified as a Turk kneeling in front of three armed men. The man reads a statement in Turkish, identifying himself as Murat Yuce from Ankara, the Turkish capital. He says he works for a Turkish company that subcontracted for a Jordanian firm.
"I have a word of advice for any Turk who wants to come to Iraq to work: 'You don't have to be holding a gun to be aiding the occupationist United States ... Turkish companies should withdraw from Iraq," he says.
At the end of the statement, the leader of the three presumed kidnappers takes out a pistol and shoots the Turk in the side of the head. The Turk slumps to the ground, and the kidnapper shoots him in the head twice more. Blood is seen on the ground next to his head.
A black banner on the wall behind the kidnappers identifies the group as the Tawhid and Jihad, which is led by the Jordanian militant linked to al-Qaida, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
It was not clear when the hostage was killed and his name did not match those of the two Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by Tawhid and Jihad last week.
The same group said Monday that it will release a Somali truck driver it kidnapped because the Kuwaiti company he works for agreed to stop working in Iraq, al-Jazeera television said.
Tawhid and Jihad had threatened in an earlier video aired July 29 to behead Ali Ahmed Moussa within 48 hours if his company failed to leave the volatile country. It was not known exactly when he was kidnapped.
In the video broadcast Monday on the Arabic-language network, Moussa appears kneeling before three black-clad, masked militants armed with assault rifles. One of the militants reads a statement.
He says the group is releasing Moussa "in appreciation of the attitudes of the Somali government and people toward Iraq and the Kuwaiti company's commitment to stop doing business in Iraq."
There was no word on when the Somali would be released.
The Kuwaiti company Moussa works for has not been publicly identified.
Al-Zarqawi's group has claimed responsibility before for a number of bloody attacks across Iraq and, since April, the beheadings of several foreigners, including U.S. businessman Nicholas Berg, South Korean translator Kim Sun-il and Bulgarian truck driver Georgi Lazov.
On Sunday, Iraqi gunmen released one of two Lebanese businessmen, a day after they were snatched on a Baghdad street. The fate of the other hostage is unknown.
Militants have abducted over 70 foreigners, many of them truck drivers entering Iraq with supplies for the U.S. military or contractors involved with Iraqi reconstruction efforts.
The kidnappings are apart of an insurgent campaign aimed at forcing coalition forces out of the country and scaring foreign companies away.
So they released one--an example of their idea of "compassionate and merciful justice," no doubt. These sadists do it because they enjoy it.
These sub-human cowardly swine must be stopped. Of course John Kerry feels this is a police issue.
Let's wipe them out in their outhouses.
I am sorry to hear this about your countryman. I am sorry that this fairly recent terrorist technique is working with some countries and companies.
The strategy worked. Turkish truck drivers said they will no longer drive into Iraq to bring supplies to the US and the coalition. One would think that the Turks would be made of sterner stuff. I guess they have gone soft like Spain and the Philippines. Without the UK and the US, I wonder what kind of world this would be.
The media practice "attribution" in unequal measure. Sometimes in full, and sometimes not at all. Get used to it.. We have.
The topic of terrorist warfare as opposed to our modern "sanitized" version of warfare came up in our evening Bible class yesterday. Basically , we were referring to the Babylonian army and how they went in and literally slaughtered and totally destroyed everyone and everything they didn't think would be useful for their own purposes (carried away captive).
In contrast, how we are expected to fight a "war" that is so selective that the terrorists are often missed because of fears of hurting innocent bystanders. How we are expected to abide by the Geneva Convention, yet the terrorists are held to no such standards....
How can we ever win a war with an opponent who won't "follow the rules"?
I guess for those who only understand sports analogies -
Imagine your football team is having a big game with the most hated team in the conference. At the game, the refs give you a penalty for every even minor infraction of the rules, while the opponent is allowed to break every rule - Dirty hits, late hits, extra players on the field, even weapons on the field -
Oh, and the rules just prior to the game were changed to force your team to play without helmets or pads, while the opponent is allowed all the pads they want (human shields?).
Also, the opponents players, even those not technically "in the game" are allowed to just mill around the field and suddenly are active participants at random.
Sorry but these ghouls are assassins same as Muhammad who had 3 enemies assassinated. Their assassinations are inspired by Islamic scripture. Muhammad also was a hostage taker and ransomed captives.
The USPS will not deliver where dogs roam free.
Jesus tells you how.
Excellent contribution, as usual. Stoke the fire with your satan inspired attitude. Do your small part to keep the fires of hatered burning.
Those cowards don't have the guts to show their faces as they execute a defenseless and innocent hostage. Disgusting.
It's all in the Koran and Hadith. It's all about their demands to the emulate the *exemplary* life of the prophet. To imitate Mohammed's examples (Sunna)
This here is not a discussion of the Koran or Hadith.
Each one of your silly utterances leads another ten to hate you - and hopefully not "you" as a group - and another ten who hate you to actively seek to murder you.
Keep up the good work. You, oh meek-minded one, are your own worst enemy. And you do rule the world.
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