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Saturday, October 2, 2004
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Rusty Shackleford reports that yet another beheading claim and video has emerged–this time the victim was an Iraqi contractor working with US forces.

Here’s the Reuters story

The footage from the group, Ansar al-Sunna, showed a militant beheading the man, identified as Iraqi national Barea Nafea Dawoud Ibrahim.

The group said in a statement accompanying the video that Ibrahim was an “apostate” (a person who abandons their faith). It was dated Oct. 2.

“I have set up three telecommunications networks for the Iraqi National Guard. I have been working in Taji since June 2004,” a frightened-looking Ibrahim told the camera. He was wearing an access badge issued by the U.S. forces around his neck.

Two men later held him down and one proceeded to behead him, before placing his severed head on top of his body.

For those who see these groups of freedom fighters seeking to liberate the Iraqis people from occupation, I would suggest a re-assessment.

Update: Here’s a tad more from

The statement from the Ansar al-Sunnah Army said it had killed Barie Nafie Dawoud Ibrahim, who was described as “one of the biggest contractors” who had worked on water, sewage and air conditioning projects at the Al-Taji base north of Baghdad.

The same group has claimed responsibility for the killing of 12 Nepalese workers. The militant’s Web site on Aug. 31 showed 11 of the hostages being shot and one beheaded.

The Saturday statement said that after interrogation Ibrahim had “confessed to all the work and projects he had carried out at al-Taji … after that the (holy fighters) executed God’s law by slaughtering him.”

Update: James Joyner has more news linkage.

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