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South Korea Confirms Death of Man Held by Terrorists in Iraq

A South Korean man who had been held hostage by insurgents for six days was beheaded by his captors, according to a South Korean official and an Arab satellite network that received a videotape of the killing today. The killing came after the South Korean government refused to meet the captors’ demand that it halt its scheduled deployment of an additional 3,000 troops to Iraq in August. American soldiers found the body of the man, Kim Sun Il, somewhere between Baghdad and the volatile city of Falluja, 35 miles west of the capital, said Shin Bong Kil, a spokesman for the South Korean foreign ministry, according to The Associated Press. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, a spokesman for the occupation forces, said in a statement to the A.P. that the body of an Asian male was found west of the capital today. “It appears that the body had been thrown from a vehicle,” General Kimmitt said. “The man had been beheaded, and the head was recovered with the body.” Footage from a videotape broadcast on Al Jazeera, the Arab satellite network based in Qatar, showed Mr. Kim, 33, in the final minutes of his life sitting or kneeling on the ground in an orange jumpsuit and blindfolded with an orange cloth. Five masked men, three cradling guns, stand behind him. One of them reads a written message condemning the South Korean government. Full Story

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