Zarqawi's death squads claimed
to have captured a US pilot responsible for bombing mosques, the Sheraton and civilian homes. The US military said no servicemembers were missing, causing Al Qaeda to release pictures of his driver's license. Here it is:
The poor bastard was just an Assyrian Iraqi. His family escaped Saddam to America. When America took down Saddam, he came home. One day, slimy Al Qaeda bastards posing as representatives of the oil ministry doling out business opportunities to dual-national businessmen tricked him and kidnapped him. Then they killed him and claimed he was a pilot. Who do they think they're fooling? They're playing a dangerous game, and I hope Iraq rises and stomps them. The outrages never cease from this gang that can't shoot straight. A couple of things are interesting to note, and may be signs of hope: they felt they had to claim he was in the US military to justify having killed him. They were probably afraid to say "we killed him for being an Assyrian Christian" or "we killed him because we hoped to hold him for ransom from his family in America but he was fought back" or whatever the truth really is. His Christianity and dual citizenship were not deemed sufficient cause to trumpet his killing, so they had to make stuff up to try to deflect any bad publicity. Another interesting bit: no beheading video. That either means that if they tried to make one, he spoiled it, or that Zarqawi and company think the negatives now outweigh the positives in issuing their snuff films. If they do, it is a very positive development, and was accomplished by Iraqi outrage at the free publicity for terrorists given by the Arab media (which has noticeably turned down the rhetoric, especially Al Jazeera—not in response to US pressure, but in response to the market).