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American Hostage Beheaded

HOW CAN YOU DEFEAT AN ENEMY LIKE THAT?

Short Answer: You Don't

Al Qaeda militants kept a pledge to kill their American hostage, posting three chilling photographs Friday on an Islamist Web site to prove they beheaded Paul Johnson Jr.

The Lockheed Martin Corp. employee was kidnapped in Riyadh last Saturday and found Johnson's body in the eastern part of the city.

U.S. officials confirmed Johnson's death, saying the remains shown on the al Qaeda-linked Web site are "definitely" his.

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Update June 19, 2004: Saudi officials report they have killed Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, purportedly al-Qaida chief, in reprisal for Johnson's murder. They also say Johnson’s beheaded corpse has still not been found, contradicting earlier reports that it was dumped outside the capital Riyadh.

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