The Zarqawi Story Starts to Stink
How convenient his face was relatively undamaged!
He had enough strength to try to roll off the stretcher, but then almost immediately died?
He was the only one of six to survive the bombing?
Iraqi police were the first at the scene?
But most importantly, WHERE was he killed?
This is the house the military said he was in:
This is supposed rubble from the bomb strike:
What the HELL???? What did they do-- MOVE THE RUBBLE???
What do they mean "Zarqawi was killed in a rural house in the village"?
This picture looks a bit more like the bombed house, but what is the deal with the rubble above?
UPDATE: was "Zarqawi" beaten to death by US forces?
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An Iraqi man who was one of the first people on the scene of the U.S. airstrike targeting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said he saw American troops beating a man who had a beard like the al-Qaida leader.
The witness, who lives near the house where al-Zarqawi spent his last days, said he saw the man lying on the ground near an irrigation canal. He was badly wounded but still alive, the man told Associated Press Television News.
U.S. troops arriving on the scene wrapped the man's head in an Arab robe and began beating him, said the local man, who refused to give his name or show his face to the camera. His account could not be independently verified.
The U.S. military made no mention of any physical contact between U.S. troops and al-Zarqawi other than an attempt to provide him with medical attention.
UPDATE 2: Unless the NYTimes wrote an article just to placate ME, I'm not the only one who has questions about the Zarqawi killing:
Along with the scraps, it was mostly questions that remained.At minimum, it seems likely "Zarqawi" heard the jets or was warned of the strike, and was outside when the bombs hit... and so innocent women and a child were killed for no reason-- which is why aerial bombs are not a good way to go after individual "bad guys". Finally, the reason to doubt the official Zarqawi death story is because Zarqawi was always more propaganda than reality-- and it is likely his death is the same.
Chief among them was how Mr. Zarqawi, the terrorist leader killed Wednesday in the airstrike, could have survived for even a few minutes after the attack, as American officers say he did, when everything else around him was obliterated. Concrete blocks, walls, a fence, tin cans, palm trees, a washing machine: everything at the Hibhib scene was shredded, blown to pieces.
It seemed puzzling, too, given the destruction and the condition of the other bodies, how Mr. Zarqawi's head and upper body — shown on televisions across the world — could have remained largely intact.
With rumors circulating in the Iraqi news media that Mr. Zarqawi had begun to run from the house as the first bomb struck, American officials said Saturday that two military pathologists had arrived in Iraq to perform an autopsy on Mr. Zarqawi's body to determine the precise cause of his death.