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SLUG: 2-315825 Iraq Wrap (L-O)
DATE:
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=5/11/2004

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=IRAQ WRAP (L-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-315825

BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

CONTENT=

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INTRO: Islamic militants say they have executed an American in Iraq in retaliation for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. A website that in the past has carried statements and tapes from al-Qaida posted video of a man being beheaded, just hours after the U-S military said an American civilian had been found dead in Baghdad. In Washington, Correspondent Nick Simeone has the latest.

/// ACT OF ARABIC CHANTS ///

TEXT: Five men wearing black clothing, their faces covered with ski masks, read a statement in Arabic before a man identifying himself as Nick Berg is beheaded. U-S officials say the body of a private American civilian with the same name was found in Baghdad - with a White House spokesman saying those responsible will be brought to justice.

The unidentified men in the video called the on-camera execution retaliation for the abuse of Iraqis by the U-S military at Abu Ghraib prison, which has provoked anger throughout the Arab world and was the focus of another Congressional hearing Tuesday. Antonio Taguba, the Army general who wrote a report looking into the abuses, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee what happened was the result of a rampant failure of leadership.

/// TABUGA ACT ///

...from the brigade commander on down, lack of discipline, no training whatsoever and no supervision.

/// END ACT ///

The hearing was held a day after President Bush strongly defended Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who some key Democrats say should resign over the prison abuse scandal.

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