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Did Clip of Brian De Palma’s Redacted Lead Frankfurt Shooter to Kill?

Arid Uka said he was motivated by a YouTube video of American soldiers raping a girl in Afghanistan. The likeliest source of such a clip is the De Palma feature. Also read about the NBA owner who financed the film at the Tatler.

John Rosenthal


March 8, 2011 - 12:00 am
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As reported here on PJ Media, Arid Uka, who shot and killed two American servicemen at Frankfurt Airport on Wednesday, has told German police that he was motivated in part by a video that he saw showing American soldiers “plundering a house and raping a girl” in Afghanistan. According to Germany’s deputy Attorney General Rainer Griesbaum, Uka is supposed to have viewed the video on YouTube.

An Islamist propaganda video roughly matching Uka’s description is in fact to be found on YouTube. On November 20, 2010, a German-language YouTube user going by the name “24jasmina” uploaded the video under the title “American Soldiers Rape our Sisters! Awake Oh Ummah.” (Update: Shortly after the publication of this article, the video was removed by YouTube. It can currently be viewed on The Daily Caller here.) See the below screen-capture:

The video begins with roughly 80 seconds of footage apparently showing American soldiers marauding in a family’s home and raping a teenage girl. The footage appears to be filmed with a night vision camera and comes complete with vulgar and incriminating dialogue. At one point during the rape scene, gunfire can be heard off-camera and then a soldier on camera says: “I f****** killed them all.”

The same footage can also be seen on YouTube under the English-language title “Footage of Abeer Qassim.” The description specifies “rape footage of Abeer Qassim.” Unlike the German-language YouTube page, however, the English-language page indicates that the footage comes from the Brian De Palma film Redacted. In addition to the rape scene, the propaganda video on the German-language YouTube page contains three further scenes from Redacted.

De Palma’s 2007 release was largely made to look “as if” it was filmed by an amateur cameraman documenting real events. A disclaimer that is shown at the beginning of Redacted states that the film is “entirely fiction,” but “inspired by an incident widely reported to have occurred.”

The incident in question occurred in Iraq, not Afghanistan. The allusion is to the 2006 rape and murder of 14-year-old Abeer Qasim al-Janabi near Mahmudiyah, Iraq, and the murder of three other members of her family. Five American servicemen have been charged and convicted for their roles in the crime by American civilian or military courts. The principal suspect, Steven Dale Green, is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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