Army of Ansar al-Sunnah Takes Japanese Hostage

UPDATE 5/28/05: The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah has posted a video and images of Saito Akihiko's dead body. Apparently, Mr. Saito was killed in the initial battle.

News, links to the video and Ansar al-Sunnah website, and images from the video may be FOUND IN THIS UPDATED POST HERE.

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The Army of Ansar al-Sunnah claims to have taken a Japanese man hostage. The man, Akihiko Saito, is alleged by the al Qaeda linked group to have been taken from a convoy 'during a fierce battle in Western Iraq,' in what might be a reference to earlier reports of a successful U.S. attack near the Syrian border. The group also posted a photo of Akikiko Saito's passport and promised more photos would be forthcoming.


Iraqi militants claimed today they took a Japanese security contractor hostage after ambushing a convoy of foreigners and Iraqi troops in western Iraq.

The Ansar al-Sunnah Army identified the Japanese hostage as Akihito Saito, 44, and posted a photocopy of his passport, including his picture, on the group’s official website. It said Saito was “severely injured” in the fight.

The report could not be independently confirmed. Junji Gomakudo, First Secretary at the Japanese Embassy in Baghdad, said officials were trying to confirm a report of a kidnapped Japanese citizen but said they did not know if the claim was true.

The group posted other photo ID cards allegedly belonging to Saito, with one identifying him as a security manager of Hart GMSSCO, a British-based firm that provides security in Iraq. Another document seemed to be a weapons permit....

Japan’s Kyodo News agency said Saito was employed by a security firm from Cyprus and may have been working as a security officer at a US facility.

The group said Saito was seized after Ansar al-Sunnah fighters ambushed a convoy of five foreign contractors, protected by 12 members of the Iraqi security forces. It claimed all of them were killed in the fight except for the Japanese. It said some of the foreigners were intelligence agents.

The Army of Ansar al-Sunna routinely claims every one they capture is an 'intelligence agent' or works for the 'CIA'.

If Akihiko Saito is still alive, he won't be for long. His life only serves the propaganda purposes of Ansar al-Sunna. The group just released the videotaped murder of a dozen or so Sudanese worders last week.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq (formerly known as Tawhid and Jihad) murdered Shosei Koda last year in a gruesome beheading video. Ansar al-Sunna has close ties to Zarqawi and often collaborates with him.

UPDATE: Screen shot and more photos from Ansar al-Sunna website below along with more photos and announcement. (Thank to Vlad and Polish Expert for links)


Others: John Little, Chad at In The Bullpen

The Army of al-Sunna website is here, but will probably be down within the day. For archiving purposes, here is the announcement released with the photos. An alternate site is being hosted by Tripod. I've already filed a complaint with Lycos about that last one.

Posted by: Rusty at 01:48 PM


1 I think that the terrorists keep making stupid mistakes. If they think that kidnapping and killing Japanese citizens will make Japan pull out of their promise, they are sadly mistaken. The Japanese, at least those in the military, still hold to Bushido, and they are our greatest ally in our fight against terror.

The Japanese peacekeeping forces, as well as the South Korean's, won't put up with people killing their citizens, and one day, I'm sure, there will be a cleaning out of the terrorists hideouts.

Those of us, who hold our allies very dear, pray that this man will be returned to his country alive and in good condition.

Posted by: A Texan at May 10, 2005 01:12 AM

2 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Not Akihiko Saito! Why, oh why is this world such a bad place? He was only 44 years young, he shouldn't die yet... rofl

Posted by: A Finn at May 10, 2005 02:19 AM

3 You people just dony understand islam - no matter what you do there will always be frredom fighters (so called 'insurgents') willing to scarifice their lives to stop the US forces oppressing the iraqi people. YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ISLAM AND FOR THAT REASON YOU WILL NEVER SUCCEED!!

Posted by: sbhgvvr at May 10, 2005 02:46 PM

4 Nice. I guess beheading prisoners of war is acceptible in Islam? Oh, I forgot, Mohammed started the practice.......

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at May 10, 2005 04:34 PM

5 I'm currently stationed in Baghdad, and have dealt with Iraqi's and have some understanding of what's going on over here. The only ones doing the oppressing are the insurgents. As far as Islam is concerned, the insurgents are twisting it around for their own purposes. For the most part, Iraqi's and those who practice Islam are good people who want to make a better life for themselves. They just keep getting screwed over by extremists who try to destroy anything made by the USA and the other foreign governments over here. They end up killing more Iraqi's and Muslims then anyone else.

Posted by: T at May 10, 2005 07:40 PM


Posted by: yoshiya at May 11, 2005 12:47 AM

7 Its good that this people are kidnapping person in Iraq they should not be there. the Americans started it we this people will finish it. I want them to be take and abuse. The Americans do it to us why should we not do it to them. The Americans are going to lose.

Posted by: Bin Ladan at May 11, 2005 04:20 AM

8 Fuck you bin laddin. Why are you hiding. At least Bush doesnt hide. The Samurai never ran away either. You are a peace of shit, and when the US catches you I hope they kill you and your mother. You fucking pussy. I think that towel cut off the circulation to your brain. FUCK YOU BIN LADDIN AND YOUR BITCH SADDAM

Posted by: stars and stripes at May 11, 2005 06:33 AM

9 ━━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━━
















Posted by: samurai at May 11, 2005 08:26 AM

10 sinunaaaaa--

Posted by: miiii at May 11, 2005 08:49 AM

11 情報ありません。 心配です。 いやな予感がしますが、生きて帰ってきてほしいです。

Posted by: みーーー at May 11, 2005 08:51 AM

12 おkwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Posted by: かつわ at May 11, 2005 09:08 AM

13 生きて帰って来い

Posted by: japanese at May 11, 2005 09:11 AM

14 どうか ご無事でありますように

Posted by: japan at May 11, 2005 09:38 AM

15 Spelling is wrong

Not "Akikiko"

He is A k i h i k o

Don't Kill him Please

Posted by: Japanese at May 11, 2005 10:36 AM

16 don't know why you guys keeping this Japanese guy. What's the point? Don't involve any inoccent people like this! I fucking hate Iraq and U.S. In you two will fight, fight till all die. I don't fucking care these son of a bitch. The U.S.Armies got money to do their job, they die for their job, and they get money for it. Just finish their job and finish this fucking struggle. It's all about money and oil. Who cares, man?

Posted by: kuso again at May 11, 2005 12:04 PM

17 yes yes! testing

Posted by: kuso again at May 11, 2005 12:04 PM

18 As for this case, the situation is special

I understand a reason to kill
The reason is to protect oneself
However, you must not forget "Koda"
The armed organization killed "Koda" of a private citizen

Do not repeat tragedy
It is my wish

Stop it and bomb terrorism Please!

I understand the reason why you kill a soldier well
But I do not understand a reason to kill a citizen

Posted by: Japanese at May 11, 2005 08:22 PM

19 >Stop it and bomb terrorism Please!

A correction

Please stop bomb terrorism

It is hard to use Web translation

Posted by: japanese at May 11, 2005 08:27 PM

20 Mastermind Ansar al-sunnnah!
It is happy to murder peaceful people what.
You die without fail. Liberate all people who are securing it as a captive unconditionally and
immediately. Peace doesn't come to you if it doesn't open it.
Peace to the world!

Posted by: Suck Terrorist at May 11, 2005 09:31 PM

21 >>Mr. Suck~
Please stop words stimulating

Posted by: Japanese at May 12, 2005 03:40 AM

(this is for you ansar al-sunnah)
Count every "F" in the following text:



..................... 3?

WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke.

Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll

The reasoning behind is further down.

The brain cannot process "OF".

Incredible or what? Go back and look again!!

Anyone who counts all 6 "F's" on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare

Posted by: kill bill at May 12, 2005 07:26 AM

23 The Japanese that been capture isnt a civilian.
He is a Foreign Legion ( a unit of French military consists of foreigner) If u dumb enuf not knowing what it is go to and search about it. There ia a foto on YahooNews today show that Akihiko isnt civilian and he is a soldier. So war kills soldiers. What are u guys whining of then?

Posted by: Koro at May 12, 2005 08:29 PM

24 Love & Peace!

Posted by: neko dai suki♪ at May 14, 2005 09:03 PM

25 if the iraqis suffered decades of abuse from the former persident and they failed to over throw him what chances have they got against the US and UK the two best, trainned and equiped armys in the WORLD! no chance guys! wake and smell the coffee! insurgents kill people working with the coalition forces, what for they are only trying to earn some money to make a living to re build there own lives! why is this a bad thing and why are they punished for wanting a life?

screw the resistance you WILL fail

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Posted by: Dominus Vis at May 20, 2005 10:06 PM

27 i want to see all kills by ansar alsune

Posted by: nwekar at May 21, 2005 02:05 AM

28 well

Posted by: think and guess at May 22, 2005 09:09 AM

29 i cant find the site for ansar al sunnah.american thje real enemy of freedom has blocked it.
i wonder if bush(or better known monkey bush)knows the meaning of freedom.then he wants to present it.

Posted by: think and guess at May 22, 2005 09:12 AM

30 W bush is saying the world is safer...hahahahaha
thats wrong...just like 1 st may "ACCOMPLISHED MISSION" . bush wil go in 3 yrs but the iraqis people will hate american peopel for more than 100 yrs because for he mess they are doing to their country..when an amrican will be harmed in iraq just because he is american then he will remeber this unjust war and how many innocents befor him was harmed for what?? for nothing

Posted by: ghost at May 23, 2005 08:40 AM

31 No aprendemos de los errores. Nazis, SS,KKK,Moros, cristianos...todos son la misma mierda

Posted by: spanish at May 28, 2005 03:49 AM

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Posted by: 4655 at May 28, 2005 04:22 AM

33 Video and pictures have been released by Army of Ansur al-Sunnah of what they claim is Akihiko Saito. I have them over at Diggers Realm

Posted by: Digger at May 28, 2005 04:23 AM

34 fucking pigs!!
long leave the CID!
kill all the MOROS!!!

Posted by: asdsa at May 28, 2005 06:08 AM

35 ご冥福をお祈りいたします。

Posted by: にほんこく at May 28, 2005 07:28 AM

36 I guess if you strenghten the civilian institutions, boost local security forces, address the unemployment, and shoot suspected terrorists on sight you can get somewhere. But it will of course take time. There are enough fundamentalists in the region to support a very long low-intensive civil war. Maybe in a couple of decades you can get to the point where the fundamentalists are playing a very small role in society, like ETA in Spain. Or it could go worse, like Chechnya.

Posted by: Me at May 28, 2005 08:07 AM

37 戦争の犬が死んだ。

Posted by: 理路整然 at May 28, 2005 10:57 AM


Posted by: JR at May 28, 2005 03:15 PM

39 well if half of you pussies would go and fight a war instead of bitching about "freedom" and mr monkey bush maybe you would understand the depth of the conflict instead of just bling about it,you have an issue with the republican policy stop whining and bitch at your congressman you have an issue with the iraq war stop being a baby next time they bomb your house and kill your loved ones all that said

sgt a.screll 1st Battalion, 75 th Ranger Regiment

Posted by: adrian at May 28, 2005 04:30 PM

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Posted by: viewer at May 30, 2005 02:10 AM

42 i think the US is the real terrorist, and no matter what they do, this fight will never end, they are in for a more deadly and bloody Vietnam.
The so called terrorrist or insurgents are for me freedom fighters trying to free their land of occupying forces and they are doing well.
for this to end the US must pull out of iraq because their main reason for going there is the oil and not WMD as claimed by bush.
Shame to them!

Posted by: nickky at May 30, 2005 04:30 AM

43 I Agree with u nikky

Posted by: khoubaib at June 01, 2005 06:37 AM

44 it is a right moment.we r all muslims with u . we pray for ur long lives .God bless u .amin

Posted by: hayatullah at June 09, 2005 01:23 PM



Posted by: FUCK USA at June 14, 2005 03:50 PM

46 iraqi resistance has the right to defend thier land, what we see now is just the begining of long term fight..

Posted by: Hans at July 02, 2005 12:29 PM


Posted by: R.G. at July 10, 2005 01:07 PM

48 And as look at these comments i think to myself, why are you all sinking down to the level of grouping the United States with the poor decisions of one man. Not all of the US supports the war and i certainly do not. I only fight for the country being as i am in the army and i dont support it. I WORK FOR THE GUY. I think all of you need to reflect what you are say and stop judging. Not all US citizens or military are bad and want to kill everyone. Some of us want it all to end so dont judge. Its not healthy.

Posted by: ArmyofOne at July 13, 2005 01:39 PM

49 La aq msabi!!!!

Posted by: Anna at July 19, 2005 11:12 PM

50 I say cut the Shia's & Kurds loose...let them wipe out the Sunni Shits...They are the ones bombing people for Saddam and Bin Laden...

You Sunni Jerks don't know what your in for...!!


Posted by: Jimbo at July 20, 2005 10:11 AM

51 You people dont understand shit. Bush is not the greatest president and I did not vote for him. That doesnt say kill the americans for the one person that is behind it all. This is a fucking joke, if they didnt want us in there country they should of had brains enough to run it. They didnt so we went in. Was it a smart move, no the smart move would of been to make them glow green at night. Is that a nice thing to say but neither is 1900 dead americans who are fulfilling there duty. You want us out then grow some brains instead of making bombs. Act like fucking human beings. You people are the dumb son of bitches that are instigating this shit.

Posted by: Real American at August 03, 2005 12:18 PM

52 Wow, about 90% of these posts are pure dribble that appear to be written by people with an IQ of 80 or less. It's little wonder why that part of the world is so fucked up.

Just for the record, the American people give more to the world in aid than all other countries combined. We cherish freedom. That means that while we may disagree with your dribble, we AGREE that you have a right to your own opinion. We also believe that you have the right to CHOOSE how to worship, or even to CHOOSE not to worship.

The reason you will lose in the long run is because you don't have nearly the willpower that truly fee people posess. Once true freedom is experienced, you will never accept anything less. If you have the ability to actually think and reason, I would suggest you read a copy of "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankel. You will truly come to understand that you can never win this struggle.

Posted by: Vectorprime at August 03, 2005 04:07 PM

53 bin laden is a good guy american and british foreign policy is to blame on all suffering of the people in this world from palestine to africa
if your goverment changes the way they conduct their foreign policy there will be peace in this world otherwise your will carry on suffering the way we suffer dont forget iraq is going to be another vietnam long live mujahaeeden and all marty of islam

Posted by: michael jackson at August 05, 2005 02:24 AM

54 fuck islam and all the dirty weak gutted CUNTS that preach it! Fuck the extreemists and their piss ant courage.Fuck everyone of you bitch assed muslim CUNTS,your coward acts and your dirty whore mothers!!!

Posted by: foxhound at August 09, 2005 02:18 AM

55 All you stupid americans just all shut up!!!
you dont know any thing about this howle war!
the only thing you beleve is the sensort media made by those zionist jew's!
The truth is that america whants oil and that the jews what to oppress all muslims!
beside jew's what more and more might in our world
it was a better way if al jews where killed in the 2nd world war!
but still the zionists whants muight and power and they what to dominate our world oppress every one how tells his comment and that is wat its all about!
dont know if you know but almost everyone execpt rumsfeld is an zionist in your goverment!
so dont lissen to there lies!

Allah Akbar

Posted by: Al-Qudar at August 30, 2005 07:12 PM

56 May Allah's curse be upon all the apostates of God. Peace for Prophet Muhammed and all Praise is for Allah swt. Allahu Akbar

Posted by: Ansar at September 26, 2005 08:44 PM

57 It is sad to read so much hatred in just one site alone. I agree that Iraq should take care of its own people. Yet what they are doing is killing their own people! USA is not to blame for all of the wars in the Middle East. You all have always been in conflict - Just read any historical bible- regardless of religous backround! Hate is not the solution. Isalm doesn't promote hate- why then do you have a heavy heart full of hate?

Posted by: Against Hate at September 30, 2005 06:43 AM

58 Guess what. Allah sucks my cock right now.. and he's pretty good at it. I bet he exercised at Osamas lil wiener.

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