July 08, 2004

AQ threatens to behead Filipino; Philippines caves to threat

Terrorist thugs have appeared yet again on Al Jazeera in a familiar tableau: A hostage in an orange jumpsuit kneels before three masked gunmen. The threat? Same as always. Get out of Iraq, or this guy loses his head.

In the video broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, the group claimed to have already killed an Iraqi security guard who was accompanying the Filipino, the newscaster said. The statement gave no details of his capture.

Three armed and masked men stood behind the seated hostage, threatening to kill him if the Philippines doesn't pull out within three days. A banner on the wall behind them identified the captors as a previously unknown group, the Iraqi Islamic Army-Khaled bin al-Waleed Corps.

Thursday, the Philippines government suspended further deployment of Filipinos to Iraq. Philippines officials did not provide details but said the Cabinet would meet later in the day to discuss the situation.

Today, that nation's president, Gloria Aroyo, ordered Philippine contract works not to travel to Iraq, but she did not directly refer to kidnappers' demands to withdraw Philippine troops.

Yeah. Right. She caved. Which means we'll see more of this kind of crap.

Posted by mhking at July 8, 2004 01:42 PM

I wonder what Freud would say about the fact that I first read the post title as, "AP threatens to behead Filipino..."

Posted by: Beck at July 8, 2004 08:17 PM

Doesn't that just make you angry? I remember hearing that and thinking the same thing, Mike...."She caved. Which means we'll see more of this kind of crap."

What a pansy-ass country...

I did read that there's less than 100 troops over there so the Filipino involvement was mostly just "symbolic" but still...Sheesh, have a little backbone....

Posted by: dmiller23462 at July 9, 2004 05:23 AM

But note that they seem to be targeting the small fries involved in the liberation and rebuilding of Iraq. The Philipines had only 100 troops on the ground? What's the point of threatening to behead a captive over 100 soldiers? And why is the Philipine president concerned about workers in Iraq but not in Saudi Arabia? I think the terrorists are just desperate to show that they still have power and influence.

Posted by: Samantha at July 10, 2004 06:37 PM

Now it seems that they are NOT pulling out....WTH????

Posted by: dmiller23462 at July 11, 2004 04:49 PM

Guess they couldn't have waiting just another week....Sheesh....Pathetic...Read the latest here on CNN.......

Unbelievable....Oh well, wonder who will cave next....

Posted by: dmiller23462 at July 13, 2004 10:37 AM

dragi amerikanci, kad su muslimanski ekstremisti sekli srpske glave po bosni vi ste cutali i podrzavali sve to. sad vam se samo vraca, nazalost.

Posted by: petar at July 19, 2004 04:20 PM
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