Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Al Qaeda joins forces with COBRA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqi militants claimed in a Web statement Tuesday to have taken an American soldier hostage and threatened to behead him in 72 hours unless the Americans release Iraqi prisoners. The U.S. military said it was investigating, but the claim's authenticity could not be immediately confirmed.Here's the originating website. (h/t corner) And here's the associated photo:
The posting, on a Web site that frequently carried militants' statements, included a photo of what that statement said was an American soldier, wearing desert fatigues and seated on a concrete floor with his hands tied behind his back. The figure in the photo appeared stiff and expressionless, and the photo's authenticity could not be confirmed.
A gun barrel was pointed at his head, and behind him on the wall is a black banner emblazoned with the Islamic profession of faith, ''There is no god but God and Muhammad is His prophet.''
However, the Army announced that no soldiers were missing and it turns out to be a toy soldier from dragon models with Drudge supplying the following closeup: