"The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of five insurgent groups led by al-Qaida in Iraq, posted an Internet statement Monday claiming it was holding the American soldiers captive and that "we shall give you more details about the incident in the next few days, God willing."
On Tuesday, after Iraqi officials disclosed that the bodies were found, the Shura Council posted another Web statement, saying al-Zarqawi’s successor had "slaughtered" the soldiers. The language in the statement, which could not be authenticated, suggested the group was saying the men were beheaded.
"With God Almighty’s blessing, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer carried out the verdict of the Islamic court" calling for the soldiers’ slaying, the statement said. Yahoo
The 502nd Infantry Regiment has lost two of its brothers to an enemy who did not know when it would be a good idea to stop. In the coming days it is virtually inevitable that those who aided and abetted the Shura Council in this "operation" will come to understand that some restraint might have been a good idea. Unfortunately, retribution will extend to many who were uninvolved.