Turkish Hostage Murdered

Video and pictures of Turkish hostage Murat Yuce being shot in cold blood was released on Islamic web sites today.

DUBAI (Reuters) – Islamist Web sites have shown a videotape of the killing of a Turkish hostage in Iraq by a group linked to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The tape, carried by several Islamist sites on Monday, showed a masked man shooting the hostage while he was seated in a chair. When he fell to the ground, the gunman shot him twice more with a pistol while shouting “God is Greatest”.

The hostage, dressed in a shirt and trousers, was earlier shown on the tape urging Turkish companies to pull out of Iraq and criticising the presence of U.S. forces in the country.

“My name is Murat Yuce. I am from Corum. I live in Ankara. My company Bilimtur sent me to Iraq,” he said in Turkish, adding that his firm worked on a U.S. base with another Turkish company and a Jordanian one, providing cleaning and other services.They’re still another Turkish hostage being held by the group. Just to reiterate al-Zarqawi’s terrorist organization has picked up the mantle of al Qaeda and is operating in Iraq. Anyone who thinks that the fighting in Iraq now that the governing has been turned over to the Iraqi interim government is not part in parcel of the war on terror is just seriously deluded.

Hat Tip: Jeff Quinton

Update: Rusty Shakleford has the video.

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