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Web Site Claims GI Captured in Iraq
My Way News ^ | February 1, 2005 | ROBERT H. REID

Posted on 02/01/2005 11:22:09 AM PST by Peach

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 posting, on a Web site that frequently carried militants' statements, included a photo of what appeared to be an American soldier in desert fatigues seated with his hands tied behind his back.

A gun barrel was pointed at his head, and he is seated in front of a black banner emblazoned with the Islamic profession of faith, "There is no god but God and Muhammad is His prophet."

A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, Marine Sgt. Salju K. Thomas, said he had no information on the claim but "we are currently looking into it."

A statement posted with the picture suggested the group was holding other soldiers.

"Our mujahadeen heroes of Iraq's Jihadi Battalion were able to capture American military man John Adam after killing a number of his comrades and capturing the rest," said the statement, signed by the "Mujahedeen Brigades."

"God willing, we will behead him if our female and male prisoners are not released from U.S. prisons within the maximum period of 72 hours from the time this statement has been released," the statement said.

The claim, carried on the Web site ansarnet.ws, could not be verified.

More than 180 foreigners have been kidnapped in the past year. At least 10 of them, including three American civilians, remain in the hands of their kidnappers.

The only American soldier known to have been taken hostage is Pfc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, who was shown in a video in April being held by militants. Another video aired in June showed what purported to be Maupin's slaying, but the picture was too unclear to confirm it was him and the military still lists him as missing.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun went missing in Iraq in June and later photos surfaced on Arab television showing him blindfolded with a sword to his head. In July he made his way to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Back in the United States, he said he had been captured, but in December he was charged with desertion for the incident.


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1 posted on 02/01/2005 11:22:09 AM PST by Peach
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To: Peach

2 posted on 02/01/2005 11:23:22 AM PST by Peach
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To: Dog

Ping


3 posted on 02/01/2005 11:23:33 AM PST by Peach
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To: Peach

Post the photo....and the larger the better.


4 posted on 02/01/2005 11:23:42 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog

I am praying that this is just not true :(


5 posted on 02/01/2005 11:25:35 AM PST by JuliaAnne
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To: Dog

dog - the photo is showing up for me. Is it just showing up as a red box for you or something? Cause I'm looking right at this young man.


6 posted on 02/01/2005 11:25:41 AM PST by Peach
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To: Peach; Jeff Head; Travis McGee; Poohbah; Coop; hchutch
I need you all to look at this photo and tell me if you think the vest is what is being issued and worn in Iraq.

Also does the M-16 shown look small?

7 posted on 02/01/2005 11:26:05 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog; All

Does anyone know how to make the photo larger? Dog has a question about something regarding this photo which is on Drudge's web site.


8 posted on 02/01/2005 11:26:27 AM PST by Peach
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To: Dog

Heard any more?


9 posted on 02/01/2005 11:26:31 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: Peach

Ok, somethings I'd like to point out... first, that vest, and those boots, they aren't military issue, if they are I've never seen em. Next, the mag in the M4 isn't issued I believe, it looks like a mag you would buy for civilian use.


10 posted on 02/01/2005 11:27:15 AM PST by BladeLWS
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Is this a hoax?
The 'captured soldier' suspiciously looks like a doll for sale on the internet.


military analyst James Marks states -
Marks, a retired Army general, said he has several questions about the photograph's authenticity. A flak jacket the man is wearing in the picture has an unfamiliar kind of piping or trim along its edges, Marks said. The man's open-legged pants, as opposed to gathered hems, seem odd, he said. Marks also questioned what appeared to be camouflage paint on the man's face. "We have not used camo paint with conventional forces serving in Iraq," Marks said.
11 posted on 02/01/2005 11:27:22 AM PST by BlackRain
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To: Dog

It looks like an M-4, not a M-16. The vest though, looks odd. Doesn't look like anything I've seen on one of our soldiers. If this video is authentic, then they might have strapped explosives to him.


12 posted on 02/01/2005 11:27:35 AM PST by Ex-Dem (This tagline has been defaced.)
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To: deport

Post the photo and make it large.


13 posted on 02/01/2005 11:27:40 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog

Why leave the kneepads on the guy? In fact, do the troops generaly wear those? I hadn't noticed them before.


14 posted on 02/01/2005 11:27:46 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: BlackRain

Holy crap.


15 posted on 02/01/2005 11:28:19 AM PST by Dog
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To: BlackRain

It does look exactly like the doll for sale on the 'net.


16 posted on 02/01/2005 11:29:03 AM PST by Peach
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To: BlackRain
WOW!
17 posted on 02/01/2005 11:29:14 AM PST by Kennesaw
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To: BlackRain

I should have said...the clothes/uniform look like what's on sale on the 'net.


18 posted on 02/01/2005 11:29:25 AM PST by Peach
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To: Peach
The other thread about this has a statement from the Pentagon saying this story isn't true and that we have no personnel missing.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1333518/posts

19 posted on 02/01/2005 11:29:27 AM PST by lonevoice (Vast Right Wing Pajama Party)
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To: BlackRain
The 'captured soldier' suspiciously looks like a doll for sale on the internet.

Did you ever consider becoming an investigative journalist? You just broke this story wide open.

20 posted on 02/01/2005 11:29:45 AM PST by 1LongTimeLurker
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To: BlackRain

Could this be a "Buckhead" moment?


21 posted on 02/01/2005 11:30:06 AM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: Peach

I knew it......


22 posted on 02/01/2005 11:30:12 AM PST by Dog
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To: Peach

The M-16 is clearly a toy.


23 posted on 02/01/2005 11:30:21 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Peach
John Adam ?

That is the fakest name since Phil McCrackin

24 posted on 02/01/2005 11:30:32 AM PST by Jimmyclyde (Dying ain't much of a living boy...)
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To: lonevoice

That would be GREAT news.


25 posted on 02/01/2005 11:30:38 AM PST by Peach
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To: Peach

This doesn't look quite right but I am not sure. I would tend to think that they would remove things like the combat vest and kneepads if this was legit. Every other time we have seen captured soldiers they appear stripped down to fatigues or undershirt if I remember correctly.


26 posted on 02/01/2005 11:30:56 AM PST by Gator101
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To: Dog

Good eye, dog!!!!


27 posted on 02/01/2005 11:31:02 AM PST by Peach
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To: BlackRain
Oh my gosh! I think you're right!! Note how the AK pointed at him is apparently being held entirely off-camera by the stock. Wouldn't that be hard to do unless it was, like, a toy?

I sure hope so. First, of course, because it means they haven't got another soldier. And second because...are they reduced to this?!

28 posted on 02/01/2005 11:31:34 AM PST by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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Our media will swallow anything.

You be the judge.



Versus


29 posted on 02/01/2005 11:31:37 AM PST by BlackRain
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To: BlackRain; dighton; aculeus; hellinahandcart; Poohbah; BlueLancer; Constitution Day; Long Cut; ...
My God, they've taken Ken hostage! Poor Barbie!

Seriously, my man - very, very excellent find :^)

30 posted on 02/01/2005 11:31:41 AM PST by general_re (How come so many of the VKs have been here six months or less?)
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To: BlackRain

They've resorted to capturing and holding dolls for hostage!!! LOL


31 posted on 02/01/2005 11:31:46 AM PST by reegs
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To: Peach

Also here:

Iraq Group Says Holds U.S. Soldier
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1333518/posts?page=61,3


32 posted on 02/01/2005 11:32:30 AM PST by txrangerette
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To: BlackRain
That was my first thought. more coming on-board to this view?
33 posted on 02/01/2005 11:32:55 AM PST by Taylor814
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To: BlackRain

Wow...from look at that, I'm convinced that the video is a hoax. Good job on that find.

Also, now that I look more carefully at the screen capture of the video, notice how that black flag in the background has unusually large wrinkles/creases, which kind of hints at the real scale.


34 posted on 02/01/2005 11:32:58 AM PST by Ex-Dem (This tagline has been defaced.)
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To: BlackRain; Peach

It is the vest....that did it for me.


35 posted on 02/01/2005 11:33:32 AM PST by Dog
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To: BlackRain

Doll in front of a cinderblock with toy gun at his head.


36 posted on 02/01/2005 11:34:19 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Denny Crane: "I look to two things: First to God and then to Fox News.")
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To: Dog

Someone send this to Drugde. I'm not sure how.


37 posted on 02/01/2005 11:34:32 AM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: BlackRain

Got that right! The gun is even included in the set... kneepads at the bottom of the box. Waiting to see how this plays in the media...


38 posted on 02/01/2005 11:34:42 AM PST by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: Dog

The paint job on the face seemed odd from the get go... like his face has too much red in it....


39 posted on 02/01/2005 11:34:43 AM PST by reegs
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Fake...
40 posted on 02/01/2005 11:34:57 AM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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I can't take any credit for the find. These guys deserve the credit -

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=37038&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=32
41 posted on 02/01/2005 11:35:09 AM PST by BlackRain
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To: Dog
hee hee ....how embarrassing for AP.
42 posted on 02/01/2005 11:35:35 AM PST by Gator101
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To: BlackRain

I may be wrong, but it appears there is no magazine clip in the gun.


43 posted on 02/01/2005 11:35:50 AM PST by Bigh4u2
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To: reegs

Look at the nose ....then look at the dolls nose....look the same to me.


44 posted on 02/01/2005 11:36:09 AM PST by Dog
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To: BlackRain

You're totally right. From the outset I thought the hostage looked like some sort of dummy.


45 posted on 02/01/2005 11:36:23 AM PST by Junior_G
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To: BlackRain

I think we will be reading your name in the papers and hearing it on tv. I think you struck gold.


46 posted on 02/01/2005 11:36:40 AM PST by freeplancer
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To: BlackRain
Outstanding work, sir!

My sides are killing me over here. I'd have to say this "growing" insurgency seems to be scraping bottom. First they use retarded suicide bombers now they're threatening to behead GI Joe.

47 posted on 02/01/2005 11:36:53 AM PST by Publius Scipio
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To: Dog; All

I have the pictures next to each other.. It is a fake story. Looks like AP was duped..


48 posted on 02/01/2005 11:37:07 AM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: BlackRain
Not only that, but look how porous the wall looks.
49 posted on 02/01/2005 11:37:33 AM PST by freeplancer
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To: Dog

I agree. If they had used the other toy vest that came in the box (the green forest cammie one), then it would looked less suspect.


50 posted on 02/01/2005 11:37:54 AM PST by Ex-Dem (This tagline has been defaced.)
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