Skip to comments.Iraqis Arrest Four in Berg Beheading
Posted on 05/21/2004 7:02:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Four people have been detained in the killing of American Nicholas Berg, whose decapitation was captured on videotape, an Iraqi security official and a U.S. military official said Friday. The Iraqi official said the group that killed Berg was led by a relative of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites).
The suspects were former members of Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen paramilitary organization, the Iraqi security official said on condition of anonymity. Iraqi police arrested them on May 14 in a house in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad. The province includes Tikrit, Saddam's hometown.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a U.S. military official in Baghdad confirmed four people were in custody. The official did not say who was holding the suspects.
Another Iraqi official confirmed there were arrests in the Berg case, but would not comment further. The official also declined to be named.
The group that was involved in the killing of Berg was led by Yasser al-Sabawi, a nephew of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi security official said. He said American intelligence had asked Iraqi authorities to hand over the suspects, but they were still in Iraqi hands.
Al-Sabawi was not among those arrested, the Iraqi official said.
Police intelligence agents arrested the suspects as they arrived to "plot other major operations," the official said without elaborating. Four suspects had arrived early for the 7 p.m. meeting and were inside the house, waiting for a fifth associate who escaped arrest, he said.
Police seized weapons and explosives at the site. The Iraqi official said the informant who tipped off authorities was killed by unidentified gunmen the day after the arrests.
American officials have said they believe Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian wanted for allegedly organizing attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq (news - web sites) on behalf of al-Qaida, personally carried out Berg's killing.
On Tuesday, Interior Minister Samir Shaker Mahmoud al-Sumeidi refused to comment on reports of arrests in the Berg case.
The body of Berg, 26, was found May 8 near a highway overpass in Baghdad. He was last seen on April 10 when he left his Baghdad hotel.
A video posted May 11 on an al-Qaeda-linked Web site showed a bound Berg in an orange jumpsuit. He was sitting in front of five men, their faces masked, as one read an anti-American text.
After pushing Berg to the floor, the men severed his head with a knife and held it up for the camera. They said his killing was in response to the abuse of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.
I hope that they don't put panties on their head.
DU'ers will be deeply sadden if they are not fat, white CIA agents.
I hope we give them computers, a weightroom and TVs for their cells.
The ACLU and the DNC have begun a legal defense fund for these poor innocents
Don't rush with your already posted. The thread you refer to has only part of the article, mine has the whole article. Next time check
"Four suspects had arrived early for the 7 p.m. meeting and were inside the house, waiting for a fifth associate who escaped arrest, he said."
Thank you "fifth associate".
Get it done.
That would not surprise me if they have
I had looked at the attached link, and the same Yahoo (Middle East - AP) article was there as well. Did not mean anything else by my reply.
That would shore up Dubya's base :)
Hope they get a long drop at the end of a short rope.
Fox News has been reporting for over an hour, and General Timmett has confirmed, that two of the four that were detained have been released. The other two are still being detained.
Today: May 21, 2004 at 8:06:54 PDT
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -
Coalition forces detained four suspects in the Nicholas Berg killing, and two were later released, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday.
The suspects were detained during a raid Wednesday in Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said at a news conference.
"Coalition forces conducted a raid to capture four individuals suspected of involvement in the Nicholas Berg assassination," Kimmitt said. "Four persons were detained and questioned. Two personnel were released and the other two are still being questioned.
"We may find out that they have no association with the murder but we will continue to question them for some period of time until we are convinced they are innocent," Kimmitt said.
He said he did not know the suspects' prior affiliations. The intelligence that led to their arrests came from Iraqi tips, and coalition forces detained the suspects, he said.
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