Army of Ansar al-Sunnah Website: Japanese Hostage Akihiko Saito Dead
The al Qaeda linked Army of Ansar al-Sunnah website has announced the death of Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito. The group claimed in their earlier website to have attacked his convoy on May 9th killing all civilians except Saito [earlier post here along with pics and screenshot of now defunct website]. They also had previously claimed that Saito was injured. The video may be download here. Graphic images below.Today's announcement was also accompanied by a nearly four minute propaganda video. Unlike other Ansar al-Sunnah propaganda videos in the past, this one did not show Saito being killed. Rather, it shows a number of photographs and documents taken from Saito when he was captured, and then cuts to graphic images of an already dead victim. According to the SITE institute:
The group claimed that Mr. Saito fired at its members with his automatic weapon, so “the Brother had no choice but to shoot him with multiple bullets.” According to the message, Mr. Saito was not immediately killed. As American forces surrounded the area, the group claimed they were forced to retreat. Upon their return to the area, the message said, they had found that Mr. Saito had died of his wounds.Akihiko Saito, then, was never held hostage by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah as they originally claimed. Rather, he was shot dead in the terrorist ambush during the initial phase of a US led operation in Western Iraq, near the Syrian border. Ansar al-Sunnah had previously released video of that ambush which can be found here. The fact that several weeks passed between Saito's death and the release of this video today may indicate that the group is under heavy pressure from US forces. The group is also linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who is rumored to be dead. Thanks to Chad Evans of In the Bullpen for alerting me. He has more commentary here. Digger also has images here. Vlad has mirrored the Ansar al-Sunnah website here since the terrorists make it a habit of using short-lived free webhosting services. James Joyner has the MSM reaction and blogger round up. Screenshots and graphic images below. WARNING: THESE IMAGES ARE GRAPHIC AND SHOW THE TRUE FACE OF THE TERRORIST ENEMIES WE FIGHT.
Below: A screenshot of the latest iteration of the Ansar al-Sunnah banner. Click for larger image.Below: Announcement of Akihiko Saito's death on Ansar al-Sunnah Website. Click for larger image. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES FOLLOW l
v Below: Images released by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah of Akihiko Saito. Below: An image from the video.
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Posted by: beautifulatrocities at May 28, 2005 05:38 PM
As to this victim, these show he's been dead for some time. He's even got the death bloat about him. However he went, it wasn't pretty.
I hope this new operation gets most of the guys who are doing this now.
Posted by: firstbrokenangel at May 29, 2005 08:22 AM
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People like you make me just as sick as the ones committing these horrendous acts....
Posted by: Japan Girl at May 29, 2005 12:56 PM
Ok, fine. So I got messed up on my "facts", even this site had an article saying he was released, not killed in a gun fight. Perhaps this needs some racism: You all look the same and not many in Iraq know Japanese, so they probably thought the guy freed was actually Akihiko, which caused this mix up about his condition. (or then he took samurai honour seriously, understood he had lost his face and wanted to die a heros death, how the heck am I supposed to know...) Still, nice to know I have a powerful effect on someone, even if it is just disgust.
Perhaps a fatwa needs some company, like a declaration of Amaterasus wrath upon my wretched soul. Next to get that "killing this guy is an act rewarded by God"-announcement from the Pope, if they can still do that. Or maybe I should just kill myself to make the people of Japan and Islam happy. What was that suicide blade again... a wakizashi? katana? I dunno that either. Guess I'm too ignorant to die, Japan Girl.
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Oh please, please, please don't be insulted by anything I write here, you must understand I have only one reason to comment on this site: To annoy and infuriate so I get to see some funny commentary. I am not trying to flame hatred around the world, or make people feel sad. I'm just simply bored every now and then, and if there is no interresting comment chains, I make a ridiculously simpleminded and offensive comment to start a word fight.
You know, I even found writing that apology amusing... So don't mind me, I'm an idiot with no feelings for people I don't have to be in contact with physically, "in real life".
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Unless I miss my guess, you Finns are in for a nasty surprise next Sunday morning.
Posted by: Brad at May 31, 2005 08:35 AM
...!! Gotta make sure the Russians know to shoot 'em down. I think the Hornets are already a bit out of date, and the east border is a demilitarized zone until 1st of January 2015...
Oh well, they probably can't mobilize more than 4 million people, and because Russians beat 'em at least once, that means they're lesser than the '1/10-of-a-Finn'-Russians, so we won't even need reserves to defend.
The Nokia-satellites will reveal their true purpose, cook 'em medium rare in their planes and burn "Owned" on mount Fuji.
(They'll just suffocate in way too fresh air, get allergic symptoms from the pollen covering the whole land, freeze at night and the wolverines feast on their still living, yet well frozen corpses in the morning)
((Or I'll summon Ukko Perkele to rise the tides, crush the lands and eat the people of Japan))
(((Most likely they crash into the titanium bubble preventing things from happening to Finland)))
((((Or we'll yell "Gozira, Gozira!!" and they run around crazy as cardboard houses fall down all around them and a toy lizard roars on the background))))
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No peaks against the heavens that stand,
No gentle dales or foaming strand
Are loved as we our home revere,
The earth our sires held dear.
The flowers in their buds that grope
Shall burst their sheaths with spring;
So from our love to bloom shall ope
Thy gleam, thy glow, thy joy hope,
And higher yet some day shall ring
The patriot song we sing!
This is a stupid song and we will not allow you to sing it when we defeat you. Your women will be forced to give us much pleasure.
I can't wait to make a Finland roll out of herring? Are they as good as they say? We shall find out soon!
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Oi maamme, Suomi, synnyinmaa!
Soi sana kultainen!
Ei laaksoa, ei kukkulaa,
ei vettä rantaa rakkaampaa
kuin kotimaa tää pohjoinen.(POHJOINEN!!!!! real loud, the norther you live, the louder you sing it)
Maa kallis isien.
Sun kukoistukses kuorestaan
viel' lempemme saa nousemaan
sun toivos, riemus loistossaan,
ja kerran laulus, synnyinmaa
korkeemman kaiun saa.
Herring sushi is very good, it's a sweet fish. Sure, our women can give you geeks pleasure, because to you it's just handing out pictures of naked cartoon women.
About your invasion: I'll crush all of you 5-foot, 40 kilo, astmatic little hamsters by myself, I won't even need a weapon for that. I'll make you sing kimigayo wa chiyo ni yachiyo ni sazare-ishi no iwao to narite koke no musu made backwards ten times a day and make "Gimn Sovetskogo Soyuza" your official national anthem.
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When you have been defeated I will personally visit your home and pee in your sauna.
Thereafter, you will be forced to sing Karaoke to my Kki Onda and Tetsu Satoh CDs. Your reindeer will be scattered like cherry blossoms. Your women will never want to return to men over 5’5”. Once the go small they never go back….ha,ha, Banzi!!!!!
Hmmmm, turning left at Norway…Where is this Finland anyway….only 4 more days to find it. I think it’s the part of this wasteland the Russians didn’t want.
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You will think a Fatwa is a good thing after Japanese defense forces get through with you. I suggest you and all Finns get plenty of rest this weekend, sleep very late on Sunday. HA HA, BANZI!!!
Sailing, Sailing, la, da da,…Hmmmm it’s is really getting cold on deck. It’s June first and it looks like winter is coming……. Another left turn and into the Baltic. I can’t wait to see those Finnish women. Japanese intelligence say Finn women just like Swede women only they don’t shave arm pits…... Hmmmm. Well, Lt. Sushi has been at sea a long time.
Posted by: Lt. sushi at June 01, 2005 05:32 PM
Oh sorry, I think I sank 10 of your warships already, I thought they were toys and didn't notice the little Japs squeaking in them. Defense forces? Don't think so.
Posted by: A fatwad Finn at June 02, 2005 12:55 AM
Thanks a lot for offering the possibility to test the army in a two-front war, if even if your attack is just about as dangerous as Hamtaro-cartoons are for children: only causes mild thrills followed by boredom.
Posted by: A fatwad Finn at June 02, 2005 06:11 AM
Your worst nightmare has come true. Two great military powers, Japan and ....errrr...France together in war. I love what the American General Swartzkoff said about the French. “Going to war with out the French is like going hunting without an accordion” hmmmm..Lt. Sushi wonder what he meant by that.
Well, lock up your women Finns, we are coming.
Hey Finn, pretty soon kids in Finland all look like Hamster!
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And the meadow flowers do first appear.
God knows 'twere better to be deep,
pillowed in silk and scented down,
where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
where hushed awakenings are dear.
But I've a rendezvous with Death
at midnight in some flaming town,
when Spring trips north again this year
and I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.
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