May 27, 2005

Zarqawi Dead [UPDATED 5/27 DING DONG THE BITCH IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!!]

UPDATE 5/27: This deserves some cowbell, with apologies to Ace....

Via LGF this from Hammorabi blogging from Iraq:

The Jordanian thug Fadhel Nazal Al-Khalayla (Zarqawi) 38 years has died.

He received treatment from Arab doctors who were not very experts and lacking intensive care equipments which he needed for his puncture in the right lung. His wounds infection gets resistance to the antibiotics. He had what is called septicemia which is according to doctors an infection of the blood resulted from infected wound. Zarqawi's systems started to fail including his kidney and liver.

He died and now in the hands of the Keepers of the Hell in its worst level.

Hammorabi notes that he received word through oral communication.

And now a Saudi publication publishes this (hat tip: Gateway Pundit):

The family of injured Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - al-Qaeda's pointman in Iraq - is already preparing his obituary, the Saudi daily al-Watan said on Friday, quoting sources close to the family. Al-Zarqawi's close relatives, all of whom live in the Jordanian city of Zarqa, are reported to be in state of high tension over the conflicting reports circulating over his state of health, and are only waiting for officials to confirm his death before releasing the death notice.Jordanian security forces have surrounded the Ramzi quarter of Zarqa where al-Zarqawi's family lives, al-Watan said. Relatives have confirmed that al-Zarqawi's wife and four children fled to Iraq in secret six months ago.
Another update: Zarqawi minions denying he is dead. The problem is that is exactly what we'd expect them to say had he died.....developing.....

Forbes:

Al-Qaeda in Iraq said its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the country's most wanted man, was 'in good health', in a statement posted Friday on the Internet whose authenticity could not be confirmed.

'Our leader is in good health. He is directing the jihadist operations and has been following the details right up to the time that this statement was drafted,' the statement said.


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Begin original post from 5/26:

Will Collier:

I'm hearing quite a bit of chatter through the USAF contractor grapevine that Zarqawi is dead.
What does someone do with a rumor like that when we've heard the same thing a million times before? But this time, though, there are some other circumstances which may mean the rumor is true.

First, Zarqawi is shot. Then, he is said to have fled Iraq for medical care. Last, the al Qaeda thugs in Iraq announce a replacement, Abu Hafs al-Kurani. All this begins to add up in the direction that Zarqawi is either dead already or critically wounded.

Or at least, that's how my wishful thinking goes.

My normal sources, so far, are silent on the rumor. Developing......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:28 PM | Comments |