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Images contained at the base of this report are taken from a video which depicts the murder and beheading of Nick Berg, A U.S. CITIZEN

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Purported Al Qaeda Leader Beheads U.S. Civilian in Iraq

05/11/04 -- DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, an Islamist Web site said Tuesday. 

A poor quality videotape on the site showed a man dressed in orange overalls sitting bound on a white plastic chair in a bare room, then on the floor with five masked men behind him. 

"My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael... I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah," said the bound man, adding he was from Philadelphia. 

After one of the masked men read out a statement, they pushed Berg to the floor and shouted "God is greatest" above his screams as one of them sawed his head off with a large knife then held it aloft for the camera. 

The Web site said Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a top ally of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, was the man who cut off Berg's head. The statement read out before the killing was signed off with Zarqawi's name and dated May 11. 

Jordanian-born Zarqawi, 37, has raised his profile and status as al Qaeda's most active operational leader with a series of suicide bombs and attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. 

A State Department official said Tuesday the body of a U.S. citizen identified as Berg had been found in Baghdad. The official said Berg had no ties to the U.S. military or the Defense Department, but offered no further details. 

"He was a private American citizen not associated with a military contract," said the State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the tape carried on the Muntada al-Ansar Islamist Web site. 

The ritual killing resembled the murder of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl, beheaded by Islamist militants in Pakistan. 

Berg's orange overalls were reminiscent of those worn by al Qaeda detainees held by U.S. troops at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. 

Photographs shown around the world of naked Iraqi prisoners stacked in a pyramid or positioned to simulate sex acts at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad have provoked international anger and become a serious setback to U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq. 

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have both apologized and pledged to punish those responsible but both governments have come under pressure for senior ministers to be held responsible for the abuse. 

© Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved. 

 

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Translation from Arabic: Text from the original web site

Sheik Abu Mosaab Alzarqawi slaughters an American by his own hands and promises Bush More 

A declaration to the nation

Praise to Allah who will make Moslems victorious and pagans losers

Nation of Islam; 
Glad tidings. Dawn is approaching and the winds of victory are blowing. We were honored in Falouja by a victory and the credit goes to Allah alone.

Nation of Islam; 
There is no excuse for not fighting. How could a free Moslem sound asleep as he watches Islam being slaughtered and the bleeding of dignity, the pictures of shame and satanic humiliation of Moslem men and women in Abi Ghuraib prison? Where is your jealousy and rage for the religion of Allah? Where is your the revenge for them?

You, Scholars if Islam, we complain about you to Allah. The youth of Islam are humiliating the strongest power in history. Cannot you learn from them? Cannot you learn from them how to sacrifice? You are like women who know nothing but wailing and weeping.

Some of you are calling on the free people of the world, others are begging Kofi Anan and Amr Mousa, others are calling for peaceful demonstrations as if they have not read the verse; “You prophet, call the believers to fighting”.

Have not you had enough of jihad via conferences and wars via speeches? Is it not the time for jihad?

Please, do not as usual, apologize to the Americans to please them. The prophet, you know how merciful he was, killed some prisoners in his first battle. He is our example.

And you Bush. You will get news that will upset you. You will see tough days. You and your soldiers will regret the day you treaded on Iraqi land.

And another message to the traitor Pervis Musharaf. We are eager to meet your soldiers. We will go after them before we go after the Americans. We will revenge the blood of our brothers in Wana and other locations.

As for you, mothers and wives of American soldiers; we offered the American Administration an exchange of this POW with some POWs from Abi Ghuraib prison but it refused our offer.

The dignity of Moslem men and women in that prison will be defended by blood and souls.

You will get from us coffins, one after another being slaughter in this way ….

Abu Mosaab Al-Zarqawi

 


 

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