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CIA Says Al-Zarqawi Beheaded Berg in Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was the person shown on a video beheading an American civilian in Iraq, based on an analysis of the voice on the video, a CIA official said Thursday.
Intelligence officials conducted a technical analysis of the video released on an Islamic web site and determined "with high probability" that the person shown speaking on the tape — wearing a head scarf and a ski mask — is al-Zarqawi, a CIA official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.


The speaker — determined to be al-Zarqawi — is then shown on the video decapitating American citizen Nicholas Berg, the official said.


Berg's body was found in Baghdad on Saturday. On Tuesday, an Islamic Web site released the video, titled "Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi slaughters an American infidel with his own hands."


The speaker on the video reads a lengthy statement criticizing Islamic scholars and taunting the crusaders.


Standing alongside four other militants wearing headscarves and masks to disguise themselves, al-Zarqawi then kills Berg.


Berg's death was reminiscent of the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who also was decapitated while a video camera captured the execution.


Like Berg, Pearl's killing was initially thought to have been handled by underling, but was later determined to be done by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior al-Qaida operative and alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.


Al-Zarqawi is thought to be in Iraq, operating his own terrorist network, known simply as the "Zarqawi network." A specialist in poisons, he is thought to have extensive ties across the militant Islamic movement and is considered an ally of Osama bin Laden.


As recently as March, U.S. officials said al-Zarqawi's practice was not to make taped public pronouncements or take credit for attacks. However, in the last five weeks, he has increased his public profile with at least three recordings, including Berg's beheading.


Al-Zarqawi is also believed to be behind well over a dozen high-profile attacks in Iraq, and many other acts of violence, which have killed hundreds.


The United States is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to his death or capture.
Well... 13.May.2004 11:17

so what?

...since the CIA have proven themselves to be completely unreliable, their confirmation does not have much value. The fact that this decapitation appears to be a psy-ops hoax, leaves the possibility that they were involved, perhapse to coverup some of their many blunders, incompetance, and their involvement in the sadistic and criminal torture methods that they have endorsed and employed, mostly on innocent people at that.

I think most want to BELIEVE it is a fake 13.May.2004 11:44

tired_of_it

Because the reality of it is far too horrifying to comprehend.

Bin Laden is Dead 13.May.2004 12:12

Al-Zarqawi

Is the October Surprise.

"Al CIA-da" .... duh ... ?? 13.May.2004 13:06

kim sky

Alex Jones's entire show today is all about the beheading of Mr. Berg, and he makes these points:

1. Berg was held incommunicato for 2 weeks for no apparant reason and then released into the hands of "Al Qaeda"
2. The "Al Qaeda" ops in the video are likely operatives of Chalabi, who used to head up a torture apparatus
3. He calls them "Al CIA-da" and he brings out the history of their being CIA ops - Al Qaeda always comes through right when the US criminal administration needs them, like magic
4. The guy they says cut off the man's head was reported killed 3 months ago

www.infowars.com

"tired_of_it" - We already KNOW that Nick Berg is confirmed dead. 13.May.2004 13:11

the question is:

HOW and WHEN did he die, and WHO actually killed him and dumped his body?

this video - along with the method and timing of its release - raises serious questions in each case, and when circumstances of Berg's disappearance are examined it looks more and more like black ops propaganda.

the possibility of Berg having been chosen by covert groups as a "sacrifice" candidate for this video - no matter what the actual date and cause of his death - is further supported by his family firm being targeted by FReepers on an "enemies" list.

any number of militant or anti-occupation forces could have captured or abducted Berg in his galavanting free-lance travels around Iraq (which the FBI supposedly cautioned him about, in 3 separate visits). Why did it coincidentally have to be the "Zarqawi network" in Iraq [which first became publicized in mainstream media right around the time of the resistance uprising and initial killing of four contractors - search this site and elsewhere for a timeline] who got him (according to the video's claim), and why did the video just happen to surface right now, at the height of Congressional investigation into prison torture?

despite CIA claims to the contrary, Zarqawi himself was widely reported as dead months ago,

and even if it is him as claimed/dubbed in the video, he is not exhibiting a limp or disability from his prosthetic leg.

Just 13.May.2004 14:14

a thought

I saw the video, yesterday - and while it's true that no arterial blood spurting was seen and the screams sounded fake, I really only have one question. Why was he so limp? He wasn't decapitated by a samurai - his head was crudely SAWED off with a knife. If someone was doing that to me, I'd certainly be struggling like a wild man. Just a question.

This one is fishy... 13.May.2004 14:18

wondering

I don't buy into most of the conspiracy theories on this forum, but in this case: the FBI clearly had the guy, though they're denying it now; why deny it if there's nothing to hide? The CIA is declaring that Zarqawi did it, a one-legged man leaning way over to saw off another man's head. If it was Zarqawi, why didn't he unmask himself and take credit for the act? And as others have noted, there's the perfect timing to try to deflect the torture criticism.

Whoever did it, too bad for the Bushies, as the guy's family won't follow the script. And the low-level Army torturers aren't likely to walk the plank quietly without implicating their trainers and the psyops spooks. If there are brave investigative reporters out there, these may be the most important stories since Watergate, and will hopefully have the same conculsion...a disgraced president heading off to retirement (probably not to The Hague, where he belongs, though).

Does anyone know that address of the 'islamic web site'? 13.May.2004 15:10

Hi

Was it Al Jazeera?

I'm still confused on that point.

"believed to be behind" 13.May.2004 16:11

HUH?!?

"believed to be behind well over a dozen high-profile attacks in Iraq, and many other acts of violence, which have killed hundreds."

--he's also believed to be DEAD as of several months ago.

where's the EVIDENCE? "well over a dozen high-profile attacks in Iraq" WHICH ONES?? WHERE?

"and many other acts of violence, which have killed hundreds." WHICH ONES?? WHO WAS KILLED? WHERE??

is this supposed to be passable "news" reporting?

can the CIA please enlighten us with **specifically** what "high-profile" (if so, shouldn't we already know exactly?) attacks mr. Al-Zarqawi and/or his 'evil henchmen' are "behind" -

beyond unsubstantiated hearsay?

The CIA is on drugs 13.May.2004 16:35

Criminals In Action or Cocaine Importing Agency

An unwitting CIA officer had a dose of LSD slipped into his coffee at the Agency's offices on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The man dashed out of the building, across the street, past the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, hallucinating that he was beset by monsters with huge eyes. Hotly pursued by CIA colleagues, he fled across a bridge over the Potomac and was finally cornered, crouching in a fetal position near Arlington National Cemetary.

Look Maw, No Blood! 13.May.2004 18:29

Martin S. White martin@naicr.org

How´s that for surgical precision.

Alleged Pig Beheading
Alleged Pig Beheading

naicr.org is nazi scum 13.May.2004 19:41

U suck

"ACLU is a hate organization", "unrestricted gun rights", "feel sorry for the Germans because of WWII" Gimme fa f'n break you pieces of shit!

granola smoking commie nonsense 13.May.2004 19:48

redus neckus

"How´s that for surgical precision."

he bled buckets in red, white, and blue, you just can't see it for the poor resolution of your crappy liberal version of the video obviously. you sucked so much maryjewana you forgot to take off your hippie sunglasses, and you're colorblind. plus your cheap commie computer you bought at a hock shop is suffering from socialist pixel bloom, so put that in your yellow-bellied french-made cheese pipe and smoke it, real men and god-fearing animals can see it just fine.

sorry, just had to see how the other half lives (in ignorance) there for a minute. thanks for the observation.

This is where the video came from 13.May.2004 22:57

H

This is where the video came from:  http://www.al-ansar.biz , now shut down.

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