16 October 2004
A video showing the apparent beheading of a Turkish hostage in Iraq yesterday appeared on the website of the Ansar al-Sunnah Army, an Iraqi militant group. In the video, the Turkish driver sat blindfolded with four masked gunmen behind him, one of whom said his group was sworn to oppose "the crusaders and those who aid them." The video warned foreigners against coming to Iraq "to reap cheap worldly profits through allying themselves with the crusaders in their war on Islam." In related news, Iraqi police announced that two more Turkish truckers bringing supplies to US forces in the country had been kidnapped by Iraqi militants.