A Web site posting Monday claimed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group has beheaded one of the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2002/11/15/39574.html' target=_blank>American hostages in Iraq and that others would soon be killed. The claim could not be verified.
The short statement was posted by a Web site contributor using the pseudonym Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, who has put up past statements signed in the name of the Tawhid and &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/war/2003/04/04/45632.html' target=_blank>Jihad group.
The posting promised video proof "soon."
The reliability and authenticity of such statements, videos and pictures, which appear frequently on Internet sites known for their &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2002/10/09/37949.html' target=_blank>Islamic content, cannot be known for certain, Detroit Free Press reported.
Tawhid and Jihad, in a video posted on the Internet on Saturday, said it would slit the throats of the three Westerners -- Americans Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley and Briton Kenneth Bigley -- unless Iraqi women were freed from the Abu Ghraib and Umm Qasr prisons by Monday.
The US wants all nations worldwide colonized, their resources looted, their people exploited as serfs, including ordinary Americans.