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Army Specialist Keith Maupin Murdered By Captors In Iraq

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Given the spate of beheading victims, Army Spc. Keith "Matt" Maupin's capture in mid April had fallen of the news reporting cycle. Wizbang commenter Eric provided a summary of his hostage situation yesterday. Unfortunately just as many people were learning about his status things changed dramatically, and for the worse.

From MSNBC:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi militants killed an American soldier they have held hostage for nearly three months, saying the killing was because the U.S. government did not change its policy in Iraq, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday.

News of the killing of Spc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, came hours after the United States returned sovereignty in Iraq to an interim government. The report did not say when Maupin was killed.

Maupin was captured during an ambush on a convoy west of Baghdad on April 9.

The Arab satellite station aired video showing a blindfolded man sitting on the ground. Al-Jazeera said that in the next scene, gunmen shoot the man in the back of the head, in front of a hole dug in the ground. It did not show the killing.

Maj. Willie Harris, public affairs spokesman for the Army's 88th Regional Readiness Command, said the videotape is being analyzed by the Department of Defense.

"There is no confirmation at this time, that the tape contains footage of Matt Maupin or any other Army soldier," he said, adding that the Maupin family was briefed "as to the existence of a videotape."

Al Jazeera ran a story featuring the following video image:

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Jeff Quinton has a roundup of the reaction from blogs.

If you would like to learn more about Matt Maupin, I recommend the Cincinatti Enquirer page dedicated to coverage on his ordeal.

If you want to see something wonderful (and now truly heartbreaking) read this letter to the Maupin family from 6th grader Jacob Kelch.


Update: As you can see from the video still above, it's hard to identify the person in the video. Rather than stating that he was murdered, news reports should more accuratly report that he was "apparently murdered" or similar language.

According to the al Jazeera broadcast a voice on the tape (speaking in Arabic) identifies the victim as Maupin, captured nearly 3 months ago after his convoy was ambushed outside Baghdad.


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Comments (19)

I just saw something with h... (Below threshold)

I just saw something with his parents on the local news, they & the military are still hopeful that this isn't the same person.

Could there be anyone else? Either way, it's bad. :-(

I'm confused. Most of the s... (Below threshold)

I'm confused. Most of the stories say he was killed, then farther down in the stories they say it hasn't been confirmed.

It's not very good journalism to announce the murder of a 20 yr old kid when that murder hasn't even been confirmed. It's gotta suck for his parents to be looking at the newspapers today and seeing stories about their son being dead, when no one can really tell them if he is dead or not.

Die all u americans... (Below threshold)
Mahtufj:

Die all u americans

I find it interesting the w... (Below threshold)
Spritof1776:

I find it interesting the we on the internet must contend with id10t's such as Mahtufi. He has the intelect of camel. Sorry for the insult to the camel family. My condolences go out to the Maupin family and to the other families that have lost loved ones during the liberation of the Iraqi people. Reguardless of race or nationality some one out there still loves you even if you are a slimy terriost. I however am willing to arrange the meeting between you and your maker. You should consider that the meeting will be a very short one as you will be sent directly to the lake of fire upon facing your judgement. Oh by the way the virgins promised to you for your incredible act of stupidity. Good luck with that you should have checked the fine print in the Holy Bible. In other words go to hell, go straight to hell do not pass heaven do not collect 50 virgins.

Amen spritof1776...You coul... (Below threshold)
heather:

Amen spritof1776...You couldnt have said it better. As for you Mahtufi, may God have mercy on your condemned soul. I would hate to be you Mahtufi on judgment day. How does it feel to know Satan already has your room made up for you??

Mahtufi you should be boile... (Below threshold)

Mahtufi you should be boiled in hot oil!! for about 2 days!! or even better!! i hope you have the same end as Nick Berg, you motherfucker!!

Mahtufi seems to be a perso... (Below threshold)
someone:

Mahtufi seems to be a person consumed with hate.
Strange though - so do spitof1776, heather and shark ! Only thing is when you see it from your side it's justified. I personally think it's sad on both sides. Can you really fight hate with hate and end up with love? I don't think so.
Hate is hate no matter what side you're on and it's all ugly. It's one thing to disagree and to be offended by someone, but to reflect their hate in your words and actions makes it hard to determine the good guys from the bad guys.

DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE CHI... (Below threshold)
CArltos gomez:

DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN KILLED IN IRAQ?
WHAT ABOUT THEM, YOU THINK IS VERY NICE FOR THEIR FAMILY.
DID YOU THINK HOW WILL YOU FEEL IF THEY DO THAT TO YOUR CHILDREN?
COME ON THIS IS VERY UNFAIR KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR THIS IDIOT PRESIDENT.

Very true hate begets hate.... (Below threshold)
American and proud of it:

Very true hate begets hate. I'm saddened by the loss of the innocents in peace or war time. They are the true sufferers. To blame this US president is also wrong. FACTS are: America was attached for many years. Previous presidents turned the other cheek, the last did nothing but aid the enemy until over 3,000 innocents died on 09/11/01. Iraq was involved. Saddam killed many more innocents than any coalition forces have thus far. I submit to all that Jihad is a holy war they substitute America Christians and Saddam is under Satan, those who stand for Saddam and others (Al Quida) condemn themselves to their fate. God is our vindicator.

Mahtufi, why are you living... (Below threshold)
carjoecar:

Mahtufi, why are you living over here? If you lot so much hate the Western world why don't you all go back to your own wonderful country? Don't ask us to help set you up in business to create a good economy and build an acceptable way of life. YOU deal with the likes of the Taliban, Saddam and other nutters like Bin Liner. How would you like it if we started beheading you lot and executing you because you were in our country trying to help us? EH? YOU PRICK.

Mahtufi, why are you living... (Below threshold)
carjoecar:

Mahtufi, why are you living over here? If you lot so much hate the Western world why don't you all go back to your own wonderful country? Don't ask us to help set you up in business to create a good economy and build an acceptable way of life. YOU deal with the likes of the Taliban, Saddam and other nutters like Bin Liner. How would you like it if we started beheading you lot and executing you because you were in our country trying to help us? EH? YOU PRICK.

Mahtufj,I don't know... (Below threshold)
kabirahm:

Mahtufj,
I don't know if you a really a Muslim - as I am-, a provocative agent or simply an idiot.

If you are a Muslim (which I doubt), remember only one thing: that the Holy Quran strictly forbiddens cruelties against war captives that the Compassionate has given in your hands.

And that it's said the Compassionate will take revenge of the innocent blood.

You have called yourself on your head the blood of this poor boy.

And this doesn't care of the Internet anonimity you are cowardly hiding behind.

mahtufjheres a word ... (Below threshold)
united we stand mother fuckers:

mahtufj
heres a word of advice for you we the American people have forever helped your people and rebuild your country and who died and made you god to point fingures at me.As we sat by our t.v. screens on 9/11 and the fucking bastards over seas sat by their t.v. we cried and you satan loveing cock sucken islamic bastards laughed well message for all you bastards you signed the line for admission straight to hell see ya suckers
god rest MAUPIN- PEARLE- BERG AND SUN-IL

mahtufjheres a word ... (Below threshold)
united we stand mother fuckers:

mahtufj
heres a word of advice for you we the American people have forever helped your people and rebuild your country and who died and made you god to point fingures at me.As we sat by our t.v. screens on 9/11 and the fucking bastards over seas sat by their t.v. we cried and you satan loveing cock sucken islamic bastards laughed well message for all you bastards you signed the line for admission straight to hell see ya suckers
god rest MAUPIN- PEARLE- BERG AND SUN-IL

please god save all the goo... (Below threshold)
someone:

please god save all the good people that really have no hate inside of them and the people the do hate the humam being show them the love please god with your power stop all the wars save all the people forgive us please god

YOU ARE ALL WASH BRAIN. THE... (Below threshold)
carlos gardel:

YOU ARE ALL WASH BRAIN. THE INNOCENT PEOPLE IN IRAQ DON'T DISERVE TO DIE LIKE THAT.BUSH IS AN ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU ARE ALL WASH BRAIN. THE... (Below threshold)
carlos gardel:

YOU ARE ALL WASH BRAIN. THE INNOCENT PEOPLE IN IRAQ DON'T DISERVE TO DIE LIKE THAT.BUSH IS AN ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I KNOW THAT THE MAYORITY OF... (Below threshold)
SOMEBODY:

I KNOW THAT THE MAYORITY OF AMERICANS WANT US OUT OF THE UNITED STATES, REMEMBER THAT YOU NOT REALLY AMERICANS AND YOU DON'T OWN THIS LAND .YOU ARE IMMIGRANT LIKE ALL OF US.YOU THINK YOU OWN THE WORLD.YOU SAY THAT YOU WANT TO HELP PEOPLE SO THEN GO TO AFRICA AND HELP THAT POOR CHILDREN THAT ARE DYING OF HUNGER.
THE FUNNY THING IS THAT YOU ALWAYS WITH YOU EXCUSES YOU WANT TO COVER EVERYTHING BUT EVERYBODY IN THIS WORLD KNOWS WHAT'S THE POINT IN IRAQ(OIL AND REVENGE).
LET THW OWN COUNTRYS FIX THE OWN PROBLEMS !!!

Hey SOMEBODYyou sa... (Below threshold)
DeadHookersCrotch:

Hey SOMEBODY

you say in the first part of your post, that we should go to africa and help people there, but then in the last part of your post, you say to let countries sort out their own problems. so which is it, you indecisive motherfucker? you sound like john kerry. if countries need to sort out their own problems, then you need to quit bitching about us going to africa. get a better translator as well, and stfu.




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