Centanni and Wigg Kidnappers Likely Zarqawi Inspired

Rusty Shackleford has strong reason to believe that the group behind the kidnapping of Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wigg are an “al Qaeda 3.0” group that sees Abu Musab al Zarqawi as a source for inspiration. Given that Zarqawi got on the map by personally beheading hostages on videotape, that’s bad news indeed.

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  1. Anderson says:

    The fact we haven’t seen them executed yet is a reason to hope that Shackleford is wrong, as I’m sure he would be happy to be.

  2. Ugh says:

    Inspired by Zarqawi? But we killed him, why would they be inspired by that? I thought it showed that we mean business. Huh.

  3. LJD says:

    Maybe we should release the video (ala Jazeera) of Zarqi coughing up blood following the strike.