Alleged CIA Agent Beheaded

Web Site Shows ‘Beheading of American Spy’ in Iraq (Reuters)

An Islamic militant group posted pictures on its Web site on Wednesday of what it said was the beheading of a man it called a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency spy in Iraq. Army of Ansar al-Sunna’s site showed five sequential photographs of the apparent beheading and threatened the same fate for other people who it caught spying. It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the pictures.

The group said in an accompanying statement that Jamal Tewefic Salman, who became an U.S. citizen in 1980, confessed to be masquerading as a journalist in Iraq to spy on Islamic fighters for the CIA. “A group of mujahideen were able to kidnap a spy called Jamal Tewefic Salman, who got U.S. citizenship in 1980. He changed his name to Khaled Abdul Messih,” it said. “We have implemented God’s judgment on him and the accompanying pictures show his beheading. We call on those living off the blood of the mujahideen to repent to God and stop what they are doing … or else the mujahideen’s and God’s hands will reach their necks one by one,” it added.

Ansar al-Sunna has claimed many attacks since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq last year but no official link has been made between the group and the attacks it has claimed. The group on Sunday showed individual pictures of 12 Nepalis it said it was holding in Iraq. Militants in the country have waged a campaign of kidnapping aimed at driving out individuals, companies and troops supporting U.S.-led forces and the new Iraqi interim administration. Scores of hostages have been taken. Some have been released but at least nine have been killed.

Via Rusty Shackleford

Reuters seems to be the only one with the story at the moment; I can’t find it on GoogleNews.

For background, see Report: CIA Agent Beheaded on Video (OTB, August 11).

(Cross-posted to Command Post)

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  1. bothenook says:

    this is amazing. when these criminals started on their campaign of lopping heads, the american press was flooded with images and commentary. now, it’s blogsphere fodder. have we become so callus that the death of an american caused by these barbarians is no longer news?? what will these groups resort to next to garner public attention? i have a small solution for this. everytime we lose an american to this behavior, level a mosque in the area where the person was kidnapped. (preferably during prayers, and from about 35000 feet, using guided weapons that transmit an image, which we can run live on television.) harsh, but there you go. we are not playing nice with a bunch of kindergarteners where miss nancy sets the rules. a time out and no cookie won’t work

  2. Bhola says: