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"You will receive nothing from us but coffin after coffin."
Masked militant, said by the cia to be Osama bin Laden associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, in a videotape showing the beheading of American Nicholas Berg in Iraq

"In normal circumstances, I could condemn the slaughtering of the American, but we are living in abnormal circumstances. I cannot condemn it now."
Nour al-Huda Zaki, Egyptian newspaper columnist, responding to Berg's killing

"It felt like you were descending into one of the wings of hell and sadly it was one of our own...

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