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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the militant who led an insurgent campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings, died in an air strike north of Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister said.


At 11:37 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

Anybody get a leg count?

Wikipedia makes it sounds like it's still unknown.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

Also, I guess this means the end of the fugitive Zarqawi's quest to find Nicholas Berg's real killer and redeem his name.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

this video is very satifying.

As for leg count, did that video with the new balances show he has two legs?

At 10:00 AM, Blogger joško said...

Reuters says this:

"He was long said to have an artificial leg, fitted in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein's rule -- a claim some U.S. officials used to bolster their case that the Iraqi president was conspiring with al Qaeda. The tale about the leg -- like so many of the myths around Zarqawi -- turned out to be false."

At 2:26 AM, Blogger joško said...

"Some of the emerging details raised new questions, such as how and why the Iraqi police arrived at the scene of the airstrike before the American commandos who had surrounded the house, and what they did once they arrived. American troops have sometimes stepped aside for Iraqi soldiers or police officers to enter a mosque or other building, but never at places as sensitive as the presumed hiding place of Mr. Zarqawi."


At 11:46 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

Looks like a ticking time bomb(er) test case; the informant had been in custody in Jordan for a few months before he flipped.

What interrogation methods would be so inhumane that they can't be justified by the killing Zarqawi? (The US does not extradite criminals to Jordan because of torture.)

Would have been a lot better if we'd have kiled him when we had the chance in 2002.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger joško said...

Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab Zarqawi survived catastrophic internal injuries and bone fractures for nearly an hour after his safe house was struck last week by two 500-pound bombs, according to autopsy results provided by the U.S. military today.

Concussive blast waves caused massive hemorrhaging in his body and rupturing his lungs, causing his death, the report said. Despite those devastating injuries, Zarqawi was still fading in and out of consciousness when U.S. forces arrived at the shattered house near Baqubah less than half an hour after the airstrike.

Medics attempted to clear his airway, but he died 52 minutes after the initial blast, the autopsy indicated.


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