Hizb Allah condemns beheading

The Lebanese political group Hizb Allah has condemned the beheading of an American hostage in Iraq as an ugly crime that flouted the tenets of Islam.

    Hizb Allah leader Hasan Nasr Allah is a fierce anti-US critic

    In a statement on Wednesday the Lebanese Shia Muslim group said this act "has done very

    great harm to Islam and Muslims by this group that claims

    affiliation to the religion of mercy, compassion and humane

    principles".

    An Islamist website on Tuesday carried a video clip of the

    execution of the man who identified himself as Nick Berg, with a

    statement saying a group linked to al-Qaida did it in revenge

    for the abuse of Iraqis by US troops.

    Hizb Allah said Berg's killing had diverted the world's gaze

    from an escalating furore over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by

    occupation soldiers.

    "The timing of this act...

    is

    suspect timing that aims to serve the American administration

    and occupation forces in Iraq

    "

    Hizb Allah statement

    Suspect timing

    "The timing of this act that overshadowed the scandal over

    the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in occupation forces prisons is

    suspect timing that aims to serve the American administration

    and occupation forces in Iraq and present excuses and pretexts

    for their inhumane practices against Iraqi detainees."

    The influential Lebanese Islamist group, which the United States deems

    "terrorist", said the executors' behaviour was closer to "the

    Pentagon school - the school of killing and occupation and

    crimes and torture and immoral practices that were exposed by

    the great scandal in occupation prisons".

    Hizb Allah forced Israeli

    troops to withdraw from south Lebanon in 2000 after a 22-year

    occupation, and US Marines to evacuate the country after 1980s bombings against its embassy and

    barracks.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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