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Web Site Claims GI Captured in Iraq
My Way News ^ | February 1, 2005 | ROBERT H. REID

Posted on 02/01/2005 11:22:09 AM PST by Peach

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi militants claimed in a Web statement Tuesday to have taken an American soldier hostage and threatened to behead him in 72 hours unless the Americans release Iraqi prisoners.

The posting, on a Web site that frequently carried militants' statements, included a photo of what appeared to be an American soldier in desert fatigues seated with his hands tied behind his back.

A gun barrel was pointed at his head, and he is seated in front of a black banner emblazoned with the Islamic profession of faith, "There is no god but God and Muhammad is His prophet."

A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, Marine Sgt. Salju K. Thomas, said he had no information on the claim but "we are currently looking into it."

A statement posted with the picture suggested the group was holding other soldiers.

"Our mujahadeen heroes of Iraq's Jihadi Battalion were able to capture American military man John Adam after killing a number of his comrades and capturing the rest," said the statement, signed by the "Mujahedeen Brigades."

"God willing, we will behead him if our female and male prisoners are not released from U.S. prisons within the maximum period of 72 hours from the time this statement has been released," the statement said.

The claim, carried on the Web site, could not be verified.

More than 180 foreigners have been kidnapped in the past year. At least 10 of them, including three American civilians, remain in the hands of their kidnappers.

The only American soldier known to have been taken hostage is Pfc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, who was shown in a video in April being held by militants. Another video aired in June showed what purported to be Maupin's slaying, but the picture was too unclear to confirm it was him and the military still lists him as missing.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun went missing in Iraq in June and later photos surfaced on Arab television showing him blindfolded with a sword to his head. In July he made his way to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Back in the United States, he said he had been captured, but in December he was charged with desertion for the incident.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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To: Soul Seeker
"What does the government plan to do to guarentee the safety of our G.I. Joes. Next they'll be kidnapping Barbie and Skipper."

Kidnap Barbie? they would not dare!

Wait a minute think of the merchandising opportunities?

Barbie comes with camp x-ray "look and feel" jumpsuit (figure hugging and tailored by Prada of course). And her own ransom note......

461 posted on 02/01/2005 12:49:16 PM PST by Kelly_2000
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To: Petronski


462 posted on 02/01/2005 12:49:24 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: Dog
I swiped this from DU. Have to admit, it's pretty funny.

Help is on the way.

463 posted on 02/01/2005 12:49:42 PM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: Mr. Lucky
I've got to hand it the DUers. Their powers of perception are incredible. Check this guy's reaction to the captured action figure:

Whew. Take a deep breath. Say a prayer. Many prayers Edited on Tue Feb-01-05 01:42 PM by Tinoire

And it's a brother too! Probably some poor kid from a poor family who never heard squat about Free-trade or PNAC. God-damn I hate this system!

The worst is. Does his family even know yet? Or is this how they're going to find out? From the internet. My God.

464 posted on 02/01/2005 12:49:58 PM PST by Callahan
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The horror - what if they break his hand and ruin his Kung-Fu Grip?

465 posted on 02/01/2005 12:50:02 PM PST by RWRbestbyfar
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I just hope they don't kill Kenny!

466 posted on 02/01/2005 12:50:13 PM PST by GaltMeister (The only time a Democrat should be allowed in the White House is to visit the President.)
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To: hipaatwo

I emailed the pictures to the Kimmer show in Atlanta. He read my letter about the soldier being a toy and has posted the pictures on his site.

Hi Kimmer, if you took my advise and are reading this thread.

467 posted on 02/01/2005 12:50:26 PM PST by Republican Red (DU: ''Reality sucks. That's the problem. We want another reality.'')
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To: BlackRain

Excellent work...

468 posted on 02/01/2005 12:50:29 PM PST by milford421
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To: King Prout
Wash Post is on to it:

But questions were raised about the authenticity of a photo purporting to show a hostage with a gun to his head. The figure in the photo appeared stiff and expressionless.

Liam Cusack, of the toy manufacturer Dragon Models USA, inc., said the image of the soldier portrayed in the photo bore a striking resemblance to a military action figure made by the company.

469 posted on 02/01/2005 12:50:32 PM PST by angkor
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To: Peach

KERRY: "I'll sign DOD form 180 if that action doll does!"

470 posted on 02/01/2005 12:50:47 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Denny Crane: "I look to two things: First to God and then to Fox News.")
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To: All
From Fox News: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan joins the cast of Sesame Street in a candlelight vigil for Elmo.

Annan took the opportunity to once again urge U.S. troop withdrawl from the region.

471 posted on 02/01/2005 12:50:57 PM PST by silent_jonny (The Nightime Sniffling Sneezing Coughing Aching Stuffyhead Fever So You Can Freep Medicine)
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To: RetroSexual

Okay, thanks! . . . I finally got a look at what y'all are talking about in post #443.

472 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:02 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Peach

Just Great!. Just heard the news that some liberal judge says we have to give the prisoners (not all but some) at Guantanamo the right to protest their imprisonment by filing a legal document. I forget the legal jargon. So... they have constitutional rights against being held but our guys just get beheaded.

473 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:13 PM PST by Paved Paradise
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To: Rebelbase

yup just saw that on DU...

They're saying that this is a hoax generated by Bush to distract from the Gonzales hearings.

474 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:20 PM PST by Nataku X (Food for Thought:
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To: Grim

OMG...I am dying here.

475 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:24 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: angkor

The WashCompost now has the its a hoax story.

476 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:39 PM PST by Dog
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Rumor has it they are being held here...

477 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:40 PM PST by retrokitten
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To: All
Is there any chance that this is not the same picture that is on the web site?

This seems to obvious to be true. Does anyone have a link to the actual web site?

478 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:42 PM PST by codercpc
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To: Republican Red

I just heard. Thanks for doing that. Kimmer sounded like he was going to choke he was laughing so hard.

479 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:44 PM PST by groanup (
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To: JudyinCanada
"I believe a rescue team in a pretend plane should be dispatched immediately. Let's send Superman."

No, let's send in Football Jesus!!!

480 posted on 02/01/2005 12:51:49 PM PST by Kirkwood (Liberals gave the world "Rock the Vote." George W Bush gave the world "Iraq: The vote!")
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