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by Mark5019 / November 16, 2004 3:41 AM PST

Family believes British hostage Margaret Hassan dead; Al-Jazeera says it has video of slaying

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan was believed to be dead Tuesday after a video received by Al-Jazeera television showed a hooded figure shooting a blindfolded woman in the head.

Hassan's family in London said they believed the longtime director of CARE in Iraq was the victim. CARE said it was in mourning for the 59-year-old Briton who worked for decades providing food, medicine and humanitarian aid to Iraqis.

The video shows a militant firing a pistol into the head of a blindfolded woman wearing an orange jumpsuit, Al-Jazeera spokesman Jihad Ballout said. "She was presumed to be Mrs. Hassan," he told The Associated Press.

The station initially said it would air parts of the video, but Ballout then said it would not.

Hassan was abducted in Baghdad on Oct. 19, the most prominent of more than 170 foreigners kidnapped in Iraq this year. Her captors later issued videos showing her pleading for Britain to withdraw its troops from Iraq and calling for the release of female Iraqi prisoners.

Ballout said the station received the tape a few days ago but had not been sure of its authenticity.

"We invited British diplomatic officials to come and view it ... with the aim of helping us ascertain whether it was Mrs. Hassan or not," he said. "It's now likely that the image depicts Mrs. Hassan."

"It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the existence of a video in which it appears that our colleague Margaret Hassan has been killed," CARE said in a statement. "The whole of CARE is in mourning."

Her four brothers and sisters said they believe Hassan is dead.

"Our hearts are broken," they said in a statement released by the British Foreign Office. "We have kept hoping for as long as we could, but we now have to accept that Margaret has probably gone and at last her suffering has ended."

The family did not indicate why they now believed Hassan was dead, but said: "Those who are guilty of this atrocious act, and those who support them, have no excuses."

On Sunday, U.S. Marines found the mutilated body of what they believe was a Western woman on a street in a Fallujah during the U.S. assault on the insurgent stronghold. Besides Hassan, the only Western woman known held was Teresa Borcz Khalifa, 54, a Polish-born longtime resident of Iraq who was seized last month.

Al-Jazeera reported on Nov. 2 that Hassan's captors had threatened to turn her over to followers of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Al-Zarqawi and his men have been blamed for numerous deadly car bombings and the slayings of foreign hostages, including three Americans and a Briton. More than 170 foreigners have been kidnapped in Iraq this year; more than 30 of them have been slain.

Born in Ireland, Hassan also held British and Iraqi citizenship. She lived in Iraq for 30 years and married an Iraqi.

In its statement, her family said: "Nobody can justify this. Margaret was against sanctions and the war. To commit such a crime against anyone is unforgivable. But we cannot believe how anybody could do this to our kind, compassionate sister.

"The gap she leaves will never be filled."

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(NT) (NT) Let loose the Dogs
by Tony Holmes / November 16, 2004 6:41 AM PST
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you know bro there making a big deal out of killing
by Mark5019 / November 16, 2004 7:16 AM PST

that so called un armed insurgant big deal was a fighter.
this lady was helping them suppling food etc. real brave.
kill all the insurgants armed or unarmed

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They are separate issues ...
by Bill Osler / November 16, 2004 10:09 AM PST

One of the basic standards for moral behavior is that two wrongs do not make a right.

The insurgents are acting like thugs or worse and they should be punished. That does not give us the freedom to act inappropriately.

If we abandon our own standards of decency and morality in fighting the terrorists then we have lost, regardless of how the battle in Iraq ends.

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as long as the insurgants dead works for me
by Mark5019 / November 16, 2004 10:13 AM PST

never can get killed by a dead man wounded still can kill u or be booby trapped

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Re: brave insurgants at there best
by Rolway / November 16, 2004 8:27 AM PST

Hi Mark: Read about her when first captured last month. They had suspended CARE operations in Iraq following her capture. Don't know if it was ever resumed. Believed it was based in Australia. This is bad and hope its not her, but does'nt look good does it. Those SOBs gotta be stopped.


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there based here in atlanta not resume
by Mark5019 / November 16, 2004 8:34 AM PST

well when we start being less pc with there prisinors all have weapons in my opinion

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