A little-known Iraqi militant group has claimed responsibility for the apparent beheading of a captive the group identified as an American C.I.A. agent.
In a statement posted on an Islamist website, the group called "The Green Brigade" said it takes full responsibility for the capture and slaying of the captive. "The Green Brigade" claimed to be a splinter movement from the militant group led by Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
A video posted on the Internet Wednesday purportedly shows Iraqi militants beheading a man identified as a C.l.A. agent. But U.S. officials say the Central Intelligence Agency has accounted for all its agents and that none are missing. U.S. officials say they are investigating to determine the identity of the apparent victim and if the video is authentic.
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