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Predicted mutilation and beheading video of US soldiers timed to Muslim's rape; what event will trigger the release of the execution video?


I was unfortunately correct in my assumption that the mutilation and dismemberment of the pair of US soldiers was filmed. From Beheading, torture and violation as a means of conferring legitimacy in Mujahideen Shura Council succession, June 21:

The soldiers' cause of death was not directly related to combat wounds sustained in their capture but rather post-capture treatment that apparently transcended prior levels of torture and decapitation, i.e., the mistreatment of the bodies was extreme, a new high watermark...

While no one has mentioned the possibility of the beheading/mutilations being filmed, I would be surprised only if they had not been filmed - which begs the issue of when and how those films are released. Zarqawi took responsibility for the beheadings of US national Nicholas Berg and Korean Kim Sun-il, and was said to have carried out the decapitations. Filming al-Masri or whomever assumes command would place him in the same pantheon as Zarqawi.

If the filming assumption is true, then are the insurgents hoping for a secondary goal of a US overreaction with subsequent fallout from Iraqi/Sunni populace when the films are released?...

Jawa Report's description:

The video bears the logo of The Mujahadin Shura Council and al Qaeda in Iraq. Contrary to reports by al Qaeda and in the MSM, the video appears to show that the two soldiers were already dead before at least one of them was beheaded.

After a brief introdcuction with an image and the voice of Osama bin Laden, the video shows the two dead soldiers lying on a bridge. Both are already dead.

One of the men has already been beheaded, the other man is dead. An al Qaeda member holds the severed head of one of the dead soldiers.

One of the two soldiers appear to have been shot, the other has multiply wounds but appears to have also been hit by an explosive.

The video also blurs out one of the dead men's genitels, apparently al Qaeda believes showing that would be over-the-top.

Later, an image of the now dead leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, is superimposed over the film. Zarqawi had personally murdered several people by beheading and then released those films on the internet.

The entire video has a voice over of what sounds like Abu Musab al Zaraqawi {UPDATE: Confirmed by MSM] calling Muslims to jihad. A nasheed, or Islamic jihad song, can also be heard in the background.

A translation by SITE states that the act was retribution for rape of a Muslim woman by an infidel. I find it the height of manipulation that the jihadists, primarily Sunni, are exercised by the death of a Sunni woman, a person that on other occasions would be a legitimate target by Sunnis:

A message introducing the video states that this video is presented as "revenge for our sister who was dishonored by a soldier of the same brigade," referencing the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and her family by a group of American soldiers in al-Mahmoudiya.

AFP added translation of the accompanying audio:

"Here is a film on the remains of the bodies of the two American soldiers kidnapped near Yussufiyah (south of Baghdad). We are showing it to avenge our sister who was raped by a soldier belonging to the same division as these two soldiers," said a preamble by the Mujahedeen Al-Shura Council, an al-Qaeda dominated alliance of armed Sunni groups in Iraq.

When guerillas learned of the rape, "they repressed their sighs to avoid news of the affair spreading but they swore to avenge their sister", the council said on its usual website.

"Praise God, they captured two soldiers from the same division as this vile crusader. Here are the remains ... to rejoice the hearts of the faithful," the statement said.

I had alluded above to the level of affront that rape, especially by an infidel, carries in the Muslim community:

The victim in the suspected rape was Abeer Qassim Hamzeh. The others killed were her younger sister, father and mother...

Sexual assault is considered one of the most heinous and shameful crimes in Muslim society; even mentioning the subject is often considered taboo. "We don't want to talk about this," [the mayor of Mahmudiya, Mouayid Fadhil] said. "She was raped."...

[Fadhil said that] American military investigators wanted to dig up the victims' bodies. But Iraq's Justice Ministry must first determine whether exhumation is allowed under Koranic law, he said. The victims' relatives are also reluctant to divulge the burial site out of shame over the fact that one of the dead, a girl as young as 15, was reported to have been raped by at least two American soldiers, the mayor said...

The debate over exhuming the bodies could complicate the military investigation. American military officials declined on Thursday to talk about specifics of the investigation, but prosecutors undoubtedly want detailed forensic evidence to build as strong a case as possible against the suspects. The victims were examined by doctors at the local hospital months ago before being buried, Mr. Fadhil said, but the Americans want to check the corpses for themselves.

The video just released shows both men dead, one already beheaded. I would have to expect the other shoe will drop at some point when the actual execution videos are released.

Were I a thoughtful jihadist, I would be counting on excessive responses from US soldiers. I would hope that there has been preparation in military circles for this event.

Beheading Desecration Video of Dead U.S. Soldiers Released on Internet by al Qaeda (Video/Images)
Posted by Dr. Rusty Shackleford at July 10, 2006 11:50 PM
The Jawa Report
July 10, 2006

Internet video shows mutilated US soldiers
From correspondents in Paris
This article from : Agence France-Presse
Courier Mail (Australia)
July 11, 2006

The Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq Issues a Video of the Mutilated Corpses of the Two Captured American Soldiers in al-Yusefiya
By SITE Institute
July 10, 2006

Investigators ask to exhume body of alleged rape victim
By Ryan Lenz
Associated Press
Army times
July 10, 2006

U.S. Military Braces for Flurry of Criminal Cases in Iraq
New York Times
July 9, 2006

2 American Officials Apologize for Crime
New York Times
July 7, 2006

Gordon Housworth

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