An American hostage in Iraq has been killed by his captors, who say they also will kill a second American and a Briton they are holding, a message on an Islamist Web site said Monday. The message, which could not immediately be verified, said the American was killed by the militant group of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an ally of the al Qaeda network. The claim was the first word on the three men, kidnapped by militants in Baghdad Thursday and threatened with death, since a deadline set by the group expired earlier in the day. The message was signed by Abu Maysarah al-Iraqi, a pseudonym for a contributor who has previously posted messages on the Internet for the Tawhid and Jihad group, which set a 48-hour execution deadline Saturday for the three men. Full Story
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