5,828. 5/7/2004

“One of the most publicized and worst incidents [in Iraq] occurred [on May 7, 2004] when American contractor Nick Berg was beheaded by [al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab] al-Zarqawi in retaliation for ‘the treatment of Iraqi prisoners.’ That awful execution, which was filmed and released on the Internet, validated the brutality of the enemy we were facing.”

 – Ricardo S. Sanchez with Donald T. Phillips, Wiser in Battle, Page 385

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