DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iraqi Islamist group said in a statement it has moved abducted U.S. marine Wassef Ali Hassoun to “a place of safety” after he pledged not to return to the American armed forces, Al Jazeera television said on Monday.
Al Jazeera said it had received a statement from the group, calling itself the Islamic Movement. In the statement the group did not say where Hassoun had been taken, Al Jazeera said.
Al Jazeera quoted this group on June 27 as saying it had kidnapped Hassoun and threatened to kill him. On Sunday, a group calling itself the Army of Ansar al-Sunna denied reports on Islamist Web Sites that said it had decapitated him.