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Date Posted: 23:16:26 07/06/04 Tue
In reply to: The anti-terrorist 's message, "Militants: Captured U.S. Marine beheaded" on 13:01:30 07/04/04 Sun

>Militants: Captured U.S. Marine beheaded
>Saturday, July 3, 2004 Posted: 10:05 PM EDT (0205 GMT)
>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- Militants in
>Iraq claimed Saturday to have beheaded a U.S. Marine
>who disappeared from his post last month, but neither
>the military nor news organizations could confirm the
>report posted on three Islamic web sites.

>A message -- purportedly from Abdullah al Hasan ben
>Mahmoud, who claims to be emir of a group that calls
>itself Ansar al-Sunna -- addressed President Bush when
>describing the alleged fate of Cpl. Wassef Ali
>Hassoun, a Marine translator of Lebanese descent
>"We inform you, your excellency, your military officer
>who is originally Lebanese has been beheaded. And you
>will see that with your own eyes," the statement said.
>The militants said a video will be released of the
>Marine and another hostage, purportedly an American.
>Hassoun, who was trained as a truck driver but worked
>as a translator, was reported missing June 20 when he
>did not report for duty at his base in Iraq. He was
>last seen June 19.
>The slangy, sarcastic message said the Marine had "a
>relation with an Arab woman and that's how he was
>pulled out of the base."
>"We'll be showing very soon a video of how he was
>arrested and as promised finally how he was beheaded,"
>the statement said. "Pull your military and you'll be
>On June 27, the Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera
>broadcast video of a man identified as Hassoun
>surrounded by armed men.
>His captors showed his Marine identification papers,
>and one of them brandished a sword above his head.
>On the tape, a speaker said the man was lured from his
>base and captured, and his captors threatened to kill
>him unless U.S. military authorities released Iraqi
>Weapons factory shut down
>U.S. troops discovered weapons factories and cars
>rigged to explode in a two-day operation in southern
>Baghdad, which also led to the arrest of key suspects
>in other attacks, the U.S.-led coalition said Saturday.
>In the operation that discovered the weapons
>factories, 1st Cavalry Division soldiers found four
>potential car bombs at "various stages of completion"
>at a site where they also found more than 12 million
>Iraqi dinar ($8,200), documents and other bomb-making
>apparatus, according to a coalition news release.
>Three people were detained there.
>Also Saturday, a bomb killed six Iraqi National Guard
>members at an oil storage facility in a town south of
>Baghdad, according to police, and a U.S. Marine died
>after fighting in Anbar province, the coalition said.
>In the operation to uncover weapons, the soldiers
>found rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 50 pounds
>of C4 plastic explosives -- and detained 30 people,
>who led them to eight other sites that netted more
>weapons and 18 other suspects.
>"The detainees are allegedly part of a cell
>responsible for placing [improvised explosive devices]
>that have killed two soldiers in the area," the news
>release said. "The soldiers believe they have captured
>the financier, the explosive device manufacturer, the
>spotter and the triggerman."
>Progress in halting the widespread instability in Iraq
>will come in tandem with the interim Iraqi
>government's maturity, said Foreign Minister Hoshyar
>Zebari, delivering comments Saturday in Baghdad at a
>news conference with Romania's foreign minister.
>"The security challenge is related to the progress and
>advance we make in the political process," Zebari said.
>1st Cavalry Capt. Jeremy Jones examines grenades
>recovered Friday in a raid near Baghdad.
>"The more we move forward, the more people of Iraq
>believe this transfer is real, is genuine, it's
>credible, and the Iraqis are in charge, are in the
>driving seat. This is the main challenge."
>The Marine who died Saturday was a member of the 1st
>Marine Expeditionary Force and had been wounded in
>action Friday in the province west of Baghdad.
>The Marine was the fourth to die in the province since
>Thursday. The death brings the number of fatalities of
>U.S. troops since the war began to 864 -- 642 in
>hostile action and 222 in nonhostile activity,
>according to the U.S. military.
>Violence in south
>The six Iraqi National Guard members died in an
>explosion south of Baghdad at an oil-storage
>installation, an Iraqi police official said. Five
>others were wounded.
>The Guard members had been stationed at the facility,
>watching over it at the time.
>It happened in Latifiyah, according to a police
>official at the nearby town of Mahmoudiyah, 20 miles
>south of the capital. The bomb detonated during a
>changing of the guards.
>In Basra, a roadside bomb detonated Saturday morning
>as a British military convoy passed by, wounding a
>British soldier and damaging two vehicles, according
>to the Multinational Division's press office.
>CNN's Guillaume Debre, Brent Sadler and Alphonso
>Van Marsh contributed to this report.

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