Militants loyal to top al-Qaeda suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have released a video which apparently shows a US citizen being beheaded in Iraq.
The man in the video – which appeared on an Islamist website – says he is from San Francisco.
Zarqawi’s militants have previously released footage of hostage beheadings.
But doubts have been expressed about the footage, which appears to have been heavily edited and may show a dead body being decapitated.
It is unclear if and when the man was taken hostage.
“I am from San Francisco, California,” says the young man in the video, who was dressed in a plain beige T-shirt as he sat on a chair in a dark room with his hands behind his back.
This seems like it will go on and on, no doubt the video and pictures will appear on many websites soon. I think watching one such video is more than enough. There is talk that one of the videos circulating may be a hoax. I have linked to it below.
For those of you who are interested you can watch the Benjamin Vanderford video here.
And if you are feeling particularly brave, watch the Murat Yuce video here.