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Report: Militants in Iraq Behead Turkish, Iraqi Hostages - 2004-10-11


A militant group in Iraq is reported to have beheaded a Turkish hostage and his Iraqi translator because they worked with U.S. forces.

The al-Jazeera television network aired scenes of a video showing masked men holding the two men. The station said the video was found on a militant-linked Web site and was purported to be from the al-Qaida-linked Army of Ansar al-Sunna group. The video reportedly showed militants killing the hostages after they confessed to working with U.S. forces, but al-Jazeera did not air the video.

Also today, the al-Arabiya station broadcast video showing militants threatening to behead another Turkish hostage.

In the footage, one gunman identified the kidnappers as members of Tawhid and Jihad - a group led by wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.