Qaeda leader beheads US civilian in Iraq [Archives:2004/737/Front Page]

May 13 2004

DUBAI, May 11 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq beheaded an American civilian and vowed more killings in revenge for the “Satanic degradation” of Iraqi prisoners, an Islamist Web site said on Tuesday.
A poor quality videotape on the site showed a man dressed in orange overalls sitting bound on a white plastic chair in a bare room, then knelt on the floor with five masked men behind him.
“My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael… I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah,” said the bound man, adding he was from Philadelphia.
One of the masked men read a statement urging Muslims to seek revenge after pictures were published of Iraqi prisoners being abused by U.S. troops at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.
“Nation of Islam, is there any excuse left to sit idly by? And how can free Muslims sleep soundly as they see Islam being slaughtered, honour bleeding, photographs of shame and reports of Satanic degradation of the people of Islam, men and women, in Abu Ghraib prison?” the statement said.