Four Russian Diplomats Murdered (Video, Photos)

Four Russian diplomats were murdered yesterday by Muslim terrorists.


A group linked to al Qaeda said it has killed four Russian diplomats it had held hostage, according to a statement and video on a Web site Sunday. The group — the Mujahedeen Shura Council — said it had beheaded three of the men and shot one to death. A video also posted on the Web site appeared to show one of the men being beheaded, another man already beheaded and a third man being shot in the head. The fourth man did not appear in the video.

Here’s the English language statement from the website:

This is a video showing ” the execution of the Russian diplomats according to Allah’s rule ” , we present it in order to heal breasts of the believing people , and to take revenge of our brothers and sisters suffering from torture , killing and making them homeless by the infidel Russian government , the brothers when they slaughter the enemies of Allah they don’t make any heresy, it is the eternal law of Allah in his book until the Judgment Day, and to be a light that illuminate the glory’s way to the belivers — anywhere and anytime-: [Then whoever transgresses the prohibition against you, you transgress likewise against him. ] .

And what the mendicancy ‘s savants will talk about the prohibition of slaughtering of the infidels etc…, we tell them : This is Allah’s book between us and you, so give us your proof if you are truthful, in spite of the fact that we know in advance you have left it behind , and There is no might and no power but with Allâh.

There are many links given for downloading the video but most, free services, have already taken them down. The exception is which is currently reporting “Too many users are downloading right now….” The file in question is 6.63MB.

[UPDATE: Here’s the video.]

via email from Rusty Shackleford, whose site appears to still be down from the DDOS attack it suffered last week.

Here’s a photo via AP:

Russian Diplomats Murdered In this image made from a Web video taken at an unknown location, two masked men prepare to apparently kill a kneeling blindfolded employee of the Russian embassy in Iraq . The identity of the man cannot be accurately discerned. An al-Qaida-linked group posted the Web video Sunday June 25, 2006, showing the killings of three Russian embassy workers abducted earlier this month in Iraq. A fourth also was said to have been killed. Footage of the men speaking into the camera is dated June 13, but the footage of the killings is undated. Arabic script on al-Qaida emblem at top right reads: 'There is no god except Allah.' [AP Photo]

Meanwhile, Olivier Guitta wonders how the Russians will respond.

Russia has been known for dealing with sometimes excessive force to terrorists. And not only with Chechen rebels.For example, in September 1985 when four Russian diplomats were kidnapped in Beirut by Hezbollah, the then USSR responded in kind by first abducting a family member of an Hezbollah leader and then killing him very very gruesomely. The hostages were given back right away and Russia was never targeted in Lebanon again. Will Russia do the same today?

It wouldn’t surprise me. A violent response to terrorists can be quite effective, although countering terrorism with terrorism (the murder of innocents) is repugnant.

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  1. DC Loser says:

    Correction – It was the former USSR and the KGB that made the response in Lebanon in ’85. We’ll see if Putin (an ex-KGB Colonel) and the Russian security services still has the compentence to pull something like that off again.

  2. James Joyner says:

    DCL: A fair point. Sometimes, that distinction seems more technical than real, unfortunately.

  3. DC Loser says:

    James, the SVR and FSB are shells of their former KGB glory. Many of the good operatives left to do “consulting” or “security” work for much more lucrative compensation.

  4. Scott says:

    DC —

    Even if the talent has left for more lucrative “consulting work” elsewhere —

    — Putin no doubt has their numbers in the “Special Rolodex”

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to a similar outcome, the Russian Ruling apparatchiks are very tough in “Sending unambiguous messages”