May 7, 2006

On the Murder of Atwar Bahjat (UPDATED)

The lawlessness that is Iraq
The chaos that has become the norm
The innocents who are the victims

The brutality that is unspeakable

The perpetrators that are a mystery

The peace that is non-existent
The "progress" that Bush speaks of

The "jihad" that Zarqawi lies about

The Islam that is innocent of their claims

Atwar Bahjat, 30, was an Iraqi journalist for Al-Arabiya satellite channel before she was brutally murdered by unknown assailants on February 22, 2006.

This is an account of her murder (warning: contains extremely graphic description of the way she was killed).

Rest in peace, Atwar. Ra7imaki Allah.

**Update**: Al-Arabiya satellite channel has announced that the video was a not of Atwar Bahjat's murder. The woman who washed the body of Atwar (in the Islamic tradition) before her burial confirmed that none of her body parts were severed. This was also pointed out by a fellow blogger, Fatima, in the comments section of this post, as the woman who washed her body happens to be her neighbor. Still, the woman noted that there were signs of abuse on Atwar's body but that the beheading in the video could not possibly be done to Atwar who was killed by gunshots to the head. Abu Aardvark also has an update on his previous post which includes more information. This should not, however, move attention away from Bahjat's brutal murder as she tried to bring the reality of suffering in Iraq to millions of people through the Al-Arabiya television station. Her murderers must be brought to justice.

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[hat tip: Abu Aardvark]



At 1:30 AM, Blogger Tommy said...

I read about this shortly after the story broke in the Times.

Very sad. Very sickening.

At 1:30 AM, Blogger Fatima said...

Wow, didn't know that a video was out on her death. I have a neighbor (store owner) who had washed Atwar's body. She told us about the mutilation to the deceased's body (the drills, eyes, etc), but I didn't know about the beheading. Her death really touched everyone here, I think kind of close to Princess Di's death in the Western world. Allah yirhamha. Truly animals those who did this to her.

At 12:41 PM, Blogger f.d.rahman said...

so, so sad..

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Tommy said...

Well, good news, if you can call it that.

It turns out that the person in the video is not Atwar Bahjat.

Apparently it a Nepalese man who was killed by Ansar al-Sunnah.

Still, very sad for this man's family.

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Tommy said...

One other note, the organization that did this beheading was tied to al-Qaeda. They also were in existence before the US invasion of Iraq. The Kurdish and American forces have, apparently, virtually annihilated the group.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger moi said...

Fatima -- it turns out that the account by your neighbor was accurate. I just updated the post. Your comment really made me begin to doubt the video because who else would know about such abuse to her body other than the person(s) who cleanse her body before burial.

Tommy -- thanks for the update.

f.d. -- Yes, indeed very sad. Even though the video turned out to be a hoax, she was still brutally murdered for no reason...


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