Iraqi Terrorists Kidnap G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe capturedOn Monday, Iraqi insurgents released a purported photo of a captured Army special forces serviceman, Corporal Marvin F. Hinton (AKA “Roadblock”) and threatened to behead him within 72 hours if their leader, Serpentor, was not released from the U.S. custody. Some analysts speculate that the name “Serpentor” may be a code term for Saddam Hussein, who was captured December 2003.

The Associated Press has more details in Web Site Claims GI Captured in Iraq:

The posting, on a Web site that frequently carried militants’ statements, included a photo of what that statement said was an American soldier, wearing desert fatigues and seated on a concrete floor with his hands tied behind his back. The figure in the photo appeared stiff and expressionless, and the photo’s authenticity could not be confirmed.

A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said that no U.S. military personnel were missing from any bases but that they would investigate the claims of the group — the Cobra Mujahedeen — as “seriously as every other claim the insurgents make when they abduct a G.I. Joe.”

The kidnappers, who did not appear in the photo, later released a video they claim Corporal Hinton was carrying with him at the time. A military source who declined to be named said “we know the video is out there now, and we know the terrorists have it. Simply put, we know these things, and knowing is half the battle.”

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