Group Claims It Has Beheaded U.S. Marine

Iraqi militant group claims it has beheaded U.S. Marine

Iraqi militants are claiming they have beheaded a captive US Marine. The group -- called Jaish Ansar al-Sunna -- posted a written statement on an Islamic Web site claiming that it had killed Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun.

Hassoun had been seen blindfolded in a videotape broadcast June 27th on the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera. Militants threatened to kill him unless the United States released all Iraqis in "occupation jails." Hassoun, of West Jordan, Utah, was last seen about a week before the videotape was broadcast. US military officials in Baghdad say they are aware of the report and are checking into it.