The man was shown squatting on the ground in an empty room, wearing full military gear with his hands tied behind his back. He said he was a member of the Iraqi National Guard's 4th Brigade, but did not say when or where he had been captured by militants.
Mahdi said he "regretted" working with the U.S.-allied Iraqi government and urged "all members of the police, National Guard and army to abandon this work, which is religiously prohibited."
"God's verdict against this renegade, who was tempted by dollars, has been carried out," said a statement shown on the video.
A second video posted on the same Web site by another group, Ansar al-Sunnah Army, showed a man who confessed to a militant interrogating him that he worked as an informer to the police in the northern city of Mosul. The militant was speaking in the distinct Mosul accent of Iraqi Arabic.
The man, who identified himself as Hussein Taha Qassim and said he was born in 1968, told the interrogator that he informed the police about the hideouts of four "mujahedeen." He said the police killed three of them and the fourth escaped.
In the next image, Qassim was shown lying face-down on the ground, and a masked gunman shot him with a volley of bullets from an automatic weapon.
Babil police spokesman Capt. Muthana Khalid said 10 headless bodies were found by Iraqi police 30 miles south of Baghdad, but he didn't give any details on exactly where or how the bodies were located. Seven of the victims were identified as Iraqi soldiers, and three others were police, according to Khalid and an Interior Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In the northern city of Mosul, insurgents killed a Kurdistan Democratic Party official, Salim Ibrahim, according to KDP official Abdul-Ghani Botani.
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April 1, 2005 By Paul D’Amato, Socialist Worker