posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 12:49 PM
Early reports are coming in that the US Marine who was captured in Iraq has been beheaded.
A statement was carried on at least two Islamist websites today purportedly by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna (Jaish Ansar al-Sunna)
, a group
thought to be a branch of Al Qaeda. The statement also claimed they were holding another hostage.
Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun has been missing from his Marine unit since June 21st. He was officially listed as "captured" on July 1st after Al Jazeera
broadcast a video of the blindfolded man and a statement indicating his capture on June 27th.
No photos or video related to the group's claim have been released at this time.
Nearly 24 hours after the original claim on what is described as the group's website, Jaish Ansar al-Sunna are denying that they killed Cpl. Hassoun.
His fate currently remains unknown.
The same website that posted footage of Paul Johnson's beheading last month is carrying the claim of Cpl. Hassoun's death.
The statement, in part, read:
"We tell your leadership that we beheaded the Marine of Lebanese origin [named] Hassoun and you will see the film with your own eyes soon ... Your
soldier had romantic relations with an Arab girl and he was lured away from his base ... And we will soon issue a new tape showing a new infidel
The statement was signed by Abu Abdullah al-Hassan bin Mahmoud.
The statement was addressed to President Bush, and in addition to the claim, the statement also advised Bush to remove US troops from Iraq.
There has been no way to confirm this report at this time. The US military in Baghdad is investigating the claim.
The Army of Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in February which killed more than 100 people in Abril.
Details to follow . . .
Encyclopedia: Jaish Ansar al-Sunna
Middle East Intelligence Bulletin
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