Saddam Relative Arrested in Berg Beheading

AP: Iraqis Arrest Four in Berg Beheading

Four people have been detained in the killing of American Nicholas Berg, whose decapitation was captured on videotape, an Iraqi security official and a U.S. military official said Friday. The Iraqi official said the group that killed Berg was led by a relative of Saddam Hussein (news – web sites).

The suspects were former members of Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen paramilitary organization, the Iraqi security official said on condition of anonymity. Iraqi police arrested them on May 14 in a house in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad. The province includes Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a U.S. military official in Baghdad confirmed four people were in custody. The official did not say who was holding the suspects.

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  1. BigFire says:

    I don’t think they got Saddam’s relative. The news radio I heard while driving to work said that the 4 were lead by that creep, who’s still at large.

  2. Denny says:

    Thats should STOP, People

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh my GOD we as people should do somthing to stop it!…
    This War is wrong!…

  4. Attila Girl says:

    In that case, Nick Berg might have died for the crimes . . . of Saddam.

  5. phil says:

    war wrong,huh? leave the terrorists alone, so they will leave us alone, right????

    Nick Berg is an example of someone who left them alone, minded his own business…

    Did the terrorists leave him alone? No, they sawed off his head, deliberately done slowly to make sure it hurt.

    Another example is: the 4 truck drivers. They didn’t do anything to provoke anyone, but they were brutally murdered, burned, mutilated, dragged behind cars and strung up on a bridge.

    We would do well not to forgot what they do to people who leave them alone.

    Another example we all should remember, again an attack on civilians: 9/11, the New York World Trade Center. It wasn’t the first time they tried to bring it down. The first was in 1993.

    If we hadn’t responded strongly and disrupted the 9/11 attacks, we could have had a dozen cities involved- that was their plan. But we responded, and kept the damage down.

    They attack people who don’t do anything to them. That’s why they are called terrorists. Think about it. Do you want them killing us on our own land, AGAIN? What does it take to teach us that they WILL do it????

    bin laden and his group say that NO American is innocent!

    So what do you think, should America be destroyed, to temporarily appease the terrorists?

    They WILL NOT stop. The only way to handle them is to get rid of them.