This is an image made from video posted on the Internet Saturday, June 10, which purportedly shows three Shiite death squad members held captive by insurgents in Iraq. The video later shows the men being beheaded; their captors said they were slain in revenge for killing Sunnis. Insurgents posted the video days after Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s death. Yellow writing in Arabic reads “Ansar al-Sunnah,” which is the name of the group posting the video.
Beheading videos were the favored means of propaganda of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, and this new one was clearly made to quash hopes his death would hamper the insurgency.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents signaled the fight is still on after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death, posting an Internet video Saturday showing the beheading of three alleged Shiite death squad members in revenge for killing Sunnis.
The video ? as grisly as any the al-Qaida in Iraq leader issued ? was clearly designed to quash hopes that the Sunni-dominated insurgency might change tactics by ending attacks on Shiite civilians and institutions, especially the police.
Fellow Sunni insurgent groups sent condolences for al-Zarqawi in Internet messages Saturday and warned Sunnis not to cooperate with the Iraqi government, an apparent call for unity three days after U.S. forces killed the terror leader in a targeted airstrike.