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Message Board Member Admits to Hoax of US Soldier’s Capture
By SITE Institute
February 4, 2005

A message is currently in circulation on Jihadist message boards in which an Iraqi by the nickname of ?al-Iraqi4? admits to being behind the hoax of the US soldier?s capture by the Mujahideen [using a toy soldier that he named John Adam]. While some message board members prayed for the hoaxter?s guidance toward righteousness and resorted to God for judgment, others were furious at him for ?demoralizing? the members.

Following is the translation of the hoaxter?s apology message, written on February 2, 2005:

In the name of God, the Most Merciful and Most Compassionate,

Soldier John Adam is [only] a toy.

I am a 20-year old Iraqi young man. I am unarmed, independent and do not belong to any party or group. I apologize to all the parties and everyone, for I meant nothing by that [no harm].

The picture was a scheme that I made up with a toy that I bought with $5.

Today I am announcing that this news was made up, and that the picture was of a toy that I worked on with the help of some children.

I cannot provide any information about me because, as I mentioned earlier, I am unarmed, and any information about me might jeopardize my life and the lives of my family [members].

My apologies to everyone.


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