American Hostage Beheaded In Iraq

The terrorist beheadings in Iraq, and elsewhere, have not stopped.

Hostages are seen in this video posted on the Internet by an Islamist website, September 18, 2004. A deadline set by militants who have threatened to behead two Americans and a Briton seized in Iraq was due to expire on September 20, 2004, and more than two dozen other hostages were also facing death unless rebel demands were met. The hostages are said to be Americans Eugene Armstrong (C) and Jack Hensley (R) and Briton Kenneth Bigley. REUTERS/Handout

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – A Web site posting Monday claimed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s group has beheaded one of the American hostages in Iraq and that others would soon be killed. The claim could not be verified.

The short statement was posted by a Web site contributor using the pseudonym Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, who has put up past statements signed in the name of the Tawhid and Jihad group.

The posting promised video proof “soon.”

In a previous videotape issued in the name of Tawhid and Jihad, militants threatened to behead Americans Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong and Briton Kenneth Bigley on Monday unless Iraqi women are released from two U.S.-controlled prisons in Iraq. The brief posting did not say which American had been killed.

The three construction contractors were snatched Thursday from their Baghdad home.

Reuters is reporting, and American State Department officials are confirming, the body of American Eugene Armstrong has been found.

The video is now available at Northeast Intellicence Network.

Additional Coverage – Dr. Rusty Shackleford (with stills and video links).

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