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Islamic Web site claims revenge killing
Video shows beheading of man identified as American
The Associated Press

Updated: 1:28 p.m. ET May 11, 2004CAIRO, Egypt - A video posted Tuesday on an Islamic militant Web site showed a group affiliated with al-Qaida beheading an American civilian in Iraq, saying the death was revenge for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

The video showed five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks, standing over a bound man in an orange jumpsuit - similar to a prisoner's uniform - who identified himself as Nick Berg, a U.S. contractor whose body was found on a highway overpass in Baghdad on Saturday.

"My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael, my mother's name is Susan," the man said on the video. "I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in ... Philadelphia."

After reading a statement, the men were seen pulling the man to his side and putting a large knife to his neck. A scream sounded as the men cut his head off, shouting "Allahu Akbar!" - "God is great." They then held the head out before the camera.

Berg was a small-business owner from the Philadelphia suburbs, his family said Tuesday.

"For the mothers and wives of American soldiers, we tell you that we offered the U.S. administration to exchange this hostage with some of the detainees in Abu Ghraib and they refused," one of the men read from a statement.

"So we tell you that the dignity of the Muslim men and women in Abu Ghraib and others is not redeemed except by blood and souls. You will not receive anything from us but coffins after coffins ... slaughtered in this way."

The video bore the title "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi shown slaughtering an American." It was unclear whether al-Zarqawi - a lieutenant of Osama bin Laden - was shown in the video, or was claiming responsibility for ordering the execution.

Internet site has carried previous statements
The Web site on which the video was posted is known as a clearing house for al-Qaida and Islamic extremist groups' statements and tapes.

The family of Berg, 26, of West Chester, Pa., said they were informed by the U.S. State Department on Monday that Berg was found dead near a highway overpass in Baghdad.

Berg's mother, Suzanne Berg, said her son was in Iraq as an independent businessman to help rebuild communication antennas. He had been missing since April 9, she said.

"He had this idea that he could help rebuild the infrastructure," she said.

The U.S. military Tuesday said an American civilian was found dead in Baghdad, but did not release his identity. State Department spokeswoman Susan Pittman said she couldn't release the name of the dead American, but said she not aware of more than one civilian found dead in recent days.

The military said there were signs of trauma to the body. Suzanne Berg said she was told her son's death was violent but did not want to discuss details.

Berg, who was in Baghdad from late December to Feb. 1, returned to Iraq in March. He didn't find any work and planned again to return home on March 30, but his daily communications home stopped on March 24. He later told his parents he was jailed by Iraqi officials at a checkpoint in Mosul.

"He was arrested and held without due process," his father, Michael Berg, told the Daily Local News of West Chester recently. "By the time he got out the whole area was inflamed with violence.

The FBI on March 31 interviewed Berg's parents in West Chester. Jerri Williams, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia FBI office, told The Philadelphia Inquirer the agency had been "asked to interview the parents regarding Mr. Berg's purpose in Iraq."

Parents last heard from son in April
On April 5, the Bergs filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia, contending that their son was being held illegally by the U.S. military. The next day Berg was released. He told his parents he hadn't been mistreated.

The Bergs last heard from their son April 9, when he said he would come home by way of Jordan, Turkey or Kuwait. But by then, hostilities in Iraq had escalated.

Suzanne Berg on Tuesday said she was told her son's body would be transported to Kuwait and then to Dover, Del. She said the family had been trying for weeks to learn where their son was but that federal officials had not been helpful. "I went through this with them for weeks," she said. "I basically ended up doing most of the investigating myself."

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Yet we continue to apologize.....I say bulls&&t....Let's hit them with so much firepower that they understand that the games are over.....enough is enough.....did you see us beheading prisoners because we were upset with jessica lynch...NOT....Maybe its time we stop playing nice guy and give a little bit back to them.... :evil: :evil: :evil:
So, let me get this straight... we put a few naked Iraqis in dog collars wearing panties on their heads; they behead an American. And WE'RE the monsters????
I really wish that were the case shawnr76, but this country is so screwed up, we will never be able to play by their rules. On the bright side, if Bush gets reelected I think we will be pushing a little bit harder than we are now, but if Kerry gets elected, I don't think I have to explain that outcome. :crazy:
Motherfuckers, let's stop trying to be so PC with everyone. You can't please everyone, so let's do what's right and pull troops out and carpet bomb the fuck out of that shithole country. :2up:
The problem is they all have F*&%ing SAND on the brain.
That is the only conclusion I can come too.
Amazing absoulutely Amazing, They have the nerve to say where the bastards :shock: . Those morons must have sand on the brain, however considering the stakes of this game it wasnt really a bright idea for those Gi's to play games w/ those prisoners. Least of all photograph it, what the hell where they thinking.

And considering what where dealing w/ over there, these people dont have the common sense god gave a mule, there uneducated *************. What the hell do they know??? these people think when they die (if by suicide) in the name of Allah they get 70 virgins waiting for them on the otherside, theres not 70 virgins in the metropoiltain Boston area. Who ever sold them that line of shit should be selling cars or real estate, he would clean house, I mean really.

I hope and pray Bush gets in and stays the course and kicks it up a notch or 2. Becuase if Kerry gets in were all in deep shit, granted he'll bring the troops home with our tail between our legs and what have you got? Vietnam all over again, no thanks.

I say kick there ass take the oil and turn the place in a resort or a parking lot either way it dont matter. Well if they turned it into a resort it would only be a matter of time before they screwed that up too, those people dont know how to live civilly so the parking lot is a better alternative.

How can someone who sleeps on the dirt next to a Camel's ass be a very bright person? Answer that one. Maybe that the reason for the turbin it doubles as a pillow or toilet seat ( when out in the desert) and you can unravel it and wipe your ass with it, AAAAAAHHHH YA there the smartones, NEXT.
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As unlikely as it is with todays media...I hope for their sake, the parents do not hear the details of their sons death, or worse, see the video.

Americans seeing more executions like that may cause violence to occur against muslims in the US.

I would hate to think what my reaction would be if it was my child beheaded on video and distributed around the internet...
csauce30 said:
As unlikely as it is with todays media...I hope for their sake, the parents do not hear the details of their sons death, or worse, see the video.

Americans seeing more executions like that may cause violence to occur against muslims in the US.

I would hate to think what my reaction would be if it was my child beheaded on video and distributed around the internet...
Well NECN showed a clip but stopped just shy of the beheading, they showed right up to the point of the guy who did the beheading pulling his knife out, they went a little to far for me but thats the media all about ratings.
ya boy things just got interesting over here
LOVE the Friggin MEDIA!

Thank them for posting "abused" prisoners all over Time, Newsweek, etc.... Nothing like inflamming a minority of Muslim radicals. So some of us get pissed and talk about retaliation, come on, let's not be like them.

Lets do something really American...............Sue Time-Warner on behalf of Berg's family for contributing to his death. If we can win against McDonalds for serving Hot coffee without printed warnings, then this should be an easy case!

Liberal fools want Rumsfeld and Bush to burn in hell for "abusing" prisoners of terrorist groups that murder and mutilate people. Get real! Oh so sorry, guess this is too much like Auschwitz or a Gulag for some.
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