Iraq: Al-Qaida releases video of police execution

An al-Qaida-affiliated group said it killed 18 kidnapped government security forces in retaliation for the alleged rape of a Sunni woman by members of the Shiite-dominated police, posting an online video of the officers being shot in the back of their heads while kneeling in a field. The authenticity of the three-minute video, posted Saturday on a Web site previously used by the Islamic State of Iraq, could not be immediately verified. The group also said it had killed 14 policemen, whose bodies were found Friday in the northeast province of Diyala, in retaliation for the alleged rape. Some of the victims were decapitated, according to an Associated Press photographer.