Skip to comments.Report: Al-Qaida bakes little boys
Posted on 07/13/2007 3:08:45 PM PDT by Nachum
Iraqi official provides account of atrocity to embedded writer
A reporter embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq reports a government official has recounted a new atrocity by al-Qaida: several instances in which terrorists baked a young boy, then invited his family to lunch with the victim as the main course.
The report is from Michael Yon, a Special Forces soldier who returned to Iraq to report on the successes there, inspired, he told radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt, by a "news cycle that seems to pander toward the terrorists."
Yon was in Baqubah listening to the statements of an Iraqi official who asked that his name not be reported. Yon said the Iraqi told him al-Qaida arrived in Baqubah and united a number of criminal gangs, leaving death and destruction behind.
"Speaking through an American interpreter, Lt. David Wallach, who is a native Arabic speaker, the Iraqi official related how al-Qaida united these gangs who then became absorbed into 'al-Qaida.' They recruited boys born during the years 1991, 92 and 93 who were each given weapons, including pistols, a bicycle and a phone (with phone cards paid) and a salary of $100 per month, all courtesy of al-Qaida. These boys were used for kidnapping, torturing and murdering people," said Yon's dispatch, "Bless the Beasts and Children."
"At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al-Qaida directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al-Qaida invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old," Yon continued.
"As Lt. David Wallach interpreted the man's words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, 'What did he say?' Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al-Qaida served the boy to his family."
'Nobody lifted a finger'
In an exchange of e-mails with WND, since Yon was reporting this week from a region with no telephone signal, he confirmed his report.
He was in Buqubah for several reasons.
"One of those reasons was that AP had just reported a massacre as fact which turned out to be fallacy. Secondly, this mass murder I described in 'Bless the Beasts and Children' occurred only about 3.5 miles from where I am writing to you tonight. There were reporters here during that time, including from AP, and AP also had a stringer here. (Meaning they had two.) The 'massacre' that turned out to be a farce but was reported by AP happened just days before my report of a real massacre, but AP and others simply ignored despite having assets only minutes away," he said.
"I gave the name of the village, grid coordinates, photos and posted video, and published names of Iraqi and American officials who were very easy to reach. Nobody lifted a finger. This upset a lot of people at home, and rightfully so. I was here with hard evidence photos, video, grid coordinates and plenty of witnesses, yet flatline from MSM," he told WND.
But he stayed in the area, asking questions.
"That's when one Iraqi official mentioned the baking," Yon said, a report he said later was confirmed for him by other Iraqi sources.
"Perhaps it's urban legend. I have no idea. But my reporting was spot on. I quoted someone and offered zero opinion," Yon, whose work is financed directly by his readers, told WND.
He said while he did not witness this, there have been myriad other atrocities.
"I have not just heard about them, I have seen them," he told WND.
Yon said in another dispatch he witnessed the excavation of the heads of decapitated children.
"There is no imaginary line of credulity that al-Qaida might cross should it go from beheading children to baking them," he wrote.
He added: "Al-Qaida: the organization that gleefully bragged about murdering roughly 3,000 people by smashing jets full of civilians into buildings and earth. Al-Qaida in Iraq: who proudly broadcast their penchant for sawing off the heads of living breathing people, and in such a manner as to ensure lots of spurting blood and gurgles of final pain, in some cases with the added flourish of the executioner raising up the severed head and squealing excitedly."
"People at home might find it incredible, improbable, even impossible. Yet here in combat with al-Qaida, the idea is no more improbable-sounding than someone saying 'The chicken crossed the road.' Maybe the chicken crossed the road. Maybe not. The veterans I've been talking with here have no difficulty imagining the chicken crossing the road, or al-Qaida roasting kids. Sickening, yes. Improbable, no," he said.
"One clear indicator of just how bad a terrorist group is, is when battle-hardened soldiers and writers like me who travel with them don't find it hard to believe a story which purports that al-Qaida had baked a child and set his roasted body out as the main course at a lunch for his parents," he said.
A comment on Yon's website from "James" suggested the description "barbarians" should apply.
"The moral equivalency argument needs to be crushed. We detain someone without due process and AQI bakes a child and feeds him to his family. Yet many people in the West are saying, 'We're no better.'"
'Report wouldn't surprise me'
A group with far more knowledge about torture and atrocities than it would prefer is Washington, D.C.-based International Christian Concern.
Policy analyst Jeremy Sewall told WND the report is "pretty extreme."
But he also said with the documentation of various other tortures, "Your report wouldn't surprise me."
"I'm just thinking of a report about two Muslims who approached a Christian boy at work at a mechanic's shop. They said, 'Are you a Christian.' He said, "Yes.' And they beheaded him on the spot," Sewall said.
He also cited the recently confirmed report from Turkey, where Muslims martyred three Christians in an attack described as "gruesome."
In that case, "various body parts were chopped off," he confirmed. "It was terrible."
Necati Aydin, Tilman Geske and Ugur Yuksel, (L to R) who were martyred by Muslims in Turkey
As WND reported, Tilman Geske, a German citizen, and two Turkish Christians were martyred allegedly by five Muslims who met the three victims at a Christian publishing company for a Bible study, according to Voice of the Martyrs.
The report said Geske, 46, Pastor Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel were killed with hundreds of stab wounds, and "they were disemboweled and their intestines sliced up in front of their eyes."
Beyond sick, but no surprise. Won’t be reported.
At least they didn’t put panties on anyone’s head.
Thank goods for the net, and folks like Mike Yon. We would never get the straight story from the MSM on anything that isn’t about bashing the US and the President.
What???? I don’t believe this at all.
It is more likely the MSM anchors would prefer to EAT the boy
rather than report the atrocity of the MSM-overlords.
I don't want to violate Godwin's Law, but at Nuremburg, there was no accusation that Goering or other leaders actually murdered anyone. They just setup the process which enabled other people to carry out the deed. In that spirit, I would like Les Moonves, Chris Matthews, John Murtha and others to go on trial for war crimes. They hide the truth from us and they stop us from doing what is right, and they allow our enemies to commit atrocities.
I’m also skeptical.
I think someone watched the 1960’s movie “The Naked Prey” and came up with a story (fib). I’m skeptical this happened.
Saying something COULD happen is not the same as saying it did happen. I’d have to have a lot more evidence to believe this.
“Im also skeptical.”
Hard to believe? Yes. Unbelievable? No, and I wouldn’t put it past these barbarians to do such a thing.
Yep, it’s the religion of peace all right /SARC
The MSM won’t report this because it doesn’t involve Bush-bashing, and because they know that if the populace hears this, support for the war could shoot back up and we won’t be able to surrender like the Left had hoped.
I put this in the category of a big lie, trying to take advantage that we know them to be animals. This impresses me as a Psyops kind of fable.
“and I wouldnt put it past these barbarians to do such a thing.”
I agree they are barbarians but I want more proof.
However, these are the people who saw heads off, videotape the act and post the video on the internet. At a certain point, cries of, "They couldn't! They wouldn't!" become largely irrelevant. It's a plain fact that these people are capable of unspeakable atrocities. We know that. But we still haven't really accepted it.
I find that VERY hard to believe.
Hopefully, this is an urban legend. The don’t think human skin bakes. I think it blisters and melts away.
All done in the name of their god no doubt. Confirms my suspicion of exactly who their god allah really is.
No it’s not. It’s al-Qaida, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they did something like this.
Michael Yon is the one source from Iraq that is believable. So on a short thread of 17 posts before mine, you post you do not believe it or are skeptical three times. Are you as post happy with doubt when the NY Slimes, Newsweek or Compost report falsehoods 50 plus percent of the time?
“Report: Al-Qaida bakes little boys”
My first thoughts are about the monsters that could do this, but then I have to wonder....is this like the incubator story from Kuwait? The people shredders that no one could find? Forgive the grain of salt, but we’ve heard wild tales before that turned out to be less than accurate.
I agree. Similar stories have been reported down through history about the enemy. For instance, those about Iraqi soldier dumping Kuwaiti newborns out of incubators so they could steal the equipment, Germans killing children in Belgium at the start of WWI, etc., and they have almost always been shown to be untrue.
OTOH, the Holocaust and Gulag show that humans are by no means incapable of plumbing such depths of evil.
I would not be a bit surprised if Al Quaeda was definitively proven to be doing such things. Their documented barbarity means it isn’t such a huge stretch.
But I’d like to see some proof.
You are right on that point.
On a side note, after GW I, I attended a desalination conference in DC. The guest speaker was the Kuwaiti Minister of Water, whose speech to us was quite moving. I still have a copy of the book of photographs that gave testament to what these people are capable of.
This story, though I agree with you, I will remain skeptical until more information is available.
I read Michael Yon’s original report about this. Unfortunately, I read it right after dinner.....and lost it. As for the MSM not reporting, I’m pretty sure I heard it yesterday, on John Gibson’s show, I think. Hectic day yesterday and I cannot source it, but I did hear it somewhere. Also, Rush Limbaugh discussed it earlier in the week.
Just no outrage nor follow-up anywhere.
Perhaps if we gave the terrorists hugs and understanding, they would return it in kind. /s
I heard Bill Bennett talking about this the other morning and I thought Bill has lost it, that is just too disgusting even for these people, I should have know bill was right
But what if you were offered them on a plate and invited to dine. Then would you reconsider ?
Michael Yon says in the article that it may be urban legend. Some horrors are difficult for the mind to accept. I believe al Qaeda is capable of anything, but I hope and pray it’s urban legend.
Wasn’t this posted a couple of weeks ago?
I posted an article last week on TM about several incidents including a 2 month-old child placed on a bed of rice and given back to the parents.
Jihad, another day.
"The recent stories of baked children came to mind. I asked if Abu Ali had heard about children being baked. Ali said no, he had not heard such a story, but he would not be surprised if it were true because al Qaeda had done so many crimes, such as cutting off a mans head, putting it up on a stick and parading it around town."
Michael is much respected for his reporting on the war. I just did a quick search and found this...it may not be the complete story.
Thanks, WCG. The headlines are so disgusting, I couldn’t read the article.
Well, if someon spit on the Koran, it would be all over the DBM, wouldn't it. I wish someone would bake a bunch of THEM and serve them up for dinner..I'd bring my knife and fork!
To be honest, Michael Yon has not reported that this occured - but that an Iraqi told him through an interpreter that it had occured.
The original and follow-up stories have both been posted on FR in the last week.
Thanks for the ping. Unfortunately this does not surprise me. Disgust, yes. We know from past atrocities, that man has committed, that anything is possible. We also know that muslim terrorists have and will show no decency or conscience. And some folks still insist upon calling it a “religion of peace”.
“If anyone cooked any of my children and showed them to me, there would be a fight to the death on the spot.”
That is because you are an armed citizen, not a medieval peasant. Much of the world outside of the US is barely out of the status of peasantry.
We don’t even have a history of peasantry, we have little knowledge of how it would feel.
I believe Yon’s report. Al Qaida is being beaten and they are getting desperate so they will use any means to get what they want.
We are watching the true nature of Islam unfold before our eyes and it is truly and spectacularly ugly.
I’d be totally shocked if I believed this story. But they lost me when Iraqi soldiers were pitchforking Kuwaiti babies in their cribs during the Iraqi war. That was hooey, too, in case you didn’t know.
It’s easy enough to believe when you remember Saddam, Uday, and Qusay and the unbelievable things THEY did to people......for sport, BTW.....
What is the goal? To win hearts and minds? Not gonna happen this way. This is even beyond intimidation. Many would fight to the death if they found out they were tricked into canabalizing their own son. I vote BS.
Here is a link to LGF with more
Anybody want me to post those pics?
“What is the goal? To win hearts and minds?”
Many political organizations, especially those of insurgents, use the same management technique as Stalin:
Managment by Terror.
You don’t have to win their hearts and minds, just their cooperation due to abject terror of the governing organization.
I don’t think you be able to do this in the US as you more than likely to get your butt shot off but in most of the world it works well.
We really are different, profoundly different.
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