Not satisfied with the lukewarm
response to the
first take, the administration added some drama and gave it a second whirl.
Musab al-Zarqawi could barely speak, but he struggled and tried to get
away from American soldiers as he lay dying on a stretcher in the ruins of
The U.S. forces recognized his face, and knew they had the leader of al-Qaida
Initially, the U.S. military had said al-Zarqawi was killed outright.
But, Friday new details emerged of his final moments.
* * *
On Wednesday, the U.S. military tracked him to a house northwest of Baghdad,
and blew it up with two 500-pound bombs.
Al-Zarqawi somehow managed to survive the impact of the bombs,
weapons so powerful they tore a huge crater in the date palm forest where
the house was nestled just outside the town of Baqouba.
Just like 'somehow'
the steel beams of the twin towers melted, and 'somehow' their
entire concrete structures vaporized, and 'somehow' building
7, although never hit by a plane, spontaneously collapsed into its footprint.
Iraqi police reached the scene first, and found the 39-year-old al-Zarqawi
"He mumbled something, but it was indistinguishable and it was
very short," Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for U.S.-led
forces in Iraq, said Friday of the Jordanian-born terrorist's last words.
Iraqi police pulled him from the flattened home and placed
him on a makeshift stretcher. U.S. troops arrived, saw that al-Zarqawi was
conscious, and tried to provide medical treatment, the spokesman said.
"He obviously had some kind of visual recognition of
who they were because he attempted to roll off the stretcher, as I
am told, and get away, realizing it was the U.S. military,"
Caldwell told Pentagon reporters via videoconference from Baghdad.
Al-Zarqawi "attempted to, sort of, turn away off the stretcher,"
he said. "Everybody re-secured him back onto the stretcher,
but he died almost immediately thereafter from the wounds he'd received from
What a crock of sh*t. Who's the moron who came up with this stuff?
So much blood covered al-Zarqawi's body that U.S. forces
cleaned him up before taking photographs. "Despite the fact that this
person actually had no regard for human life, we were not going to
treat him in the same manner," Caldwell said.
You dropped two 500lb bombs on him. Is that supposed to be civil?
The airstrike killed two other men and three women who were in the
house, but only al-Zarqawi and his spiritual adviser have been positively
identified, he said.
Let me get this straight. Five other people were mangled so badly that they
could not be positively identified, yet Zarqawi, who was apparently drenched
in blood, was not only identifiable, but alive, conscious, aware, and able to
Who do they think they're kidding?
Caldwell also said experts told him it is not unheard of for people
to survive a blast of that magnitude.
"There are cases when people, in fact, can survive even an attack like
that on a building structure. Obviously, the other five in the building
did not, but he did for some reason," Caldwell said.
He said he did not know if al-Zarqawi was inside or outside the house when
the bombs struck.
"Well, what we had found, as with anything, first reports are
not always fully accurate as we continue the debriefings [and as
we make up our minds as to how far we can take the lies]. But
we were not aware yesterday that, in fact, Zarqawi was alive when U.S. forces
arrived on the site," Caldwell said.
His recounting of the aftermath of the airstrike could not be independently
verified. The Iraqi government confirmed only that Iraqi forces were
first on the scene, followed by the Americans.
An aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaking on condition of anonymity
because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said he saw Caldwell's
news briefing but could neither confirm nor deny that al-Zarqawi briefly survived
"Well, I think it's clear: The Americans said he was seriously
wounded and he died," the aide said.
What's the matter? You don't believe them?
Zarqawi's kin to bury full color glossy
Truth Will Set You Free
brother, Sayel al-Khalayleh, said "I and all members of our family
want him (Al-Zarqawi) to be buried in his hometown of Zarqa."
They're going to have to settle for a life-size glossy - Bush's PR
kit doesn't come with a body. And it's just as well . . .
[Jordan] vowed the terror leader who killed Jordanians in a triple hotel
bombing would never "stain" the country's soil.
It's likely never to be an issue since the US has no body to return
- only full color glossies.
The U.S. military in Baghdad had no immediate comment on where al-Zarqawi's
body is or whether it would be returned to his family for burial.
If they had a body, they would have returned it by now.
There is a precedent for returning the bodies of major figures to their families
in the Iraq conflict. The military returned the bodies of Saddam Hussein's
two sons, Odai and Qusai, to their relatives after they were killed in a gunbattle
with U.S. forces in 2003. The brothers were buried in Saddam's home region
of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
I'd like to see the administration slither its way out of this one.
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