Note: I've updated this so many times, I'll be posting the update info at the top. How long? As many times as Zarqawi dies, and I hope each death is long and painful!|
Update: (06/06/05 7:45 PM CDT) China Daily is reporting that Zarqawi had been wounded, fate unknown.
China Daily also discusses many of the rumors over the status of Zarqawi in this article dated 5/26/05. (Thanks to Free Republic for the link)
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The interior minister said Thursday his office believes insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was wounded, while an Internet statement claimed that Iraq's most feared terrorist group had appointed a deputy to fill in for the Jordanian.
The latest statements concerning al-Zarqawi follow recent rumors and claims he had been wounded, possibly by a bullet in the lung, or perhaps even had died.
Interior Minister Bayan Jabr told reporters he has information that al-Zarqawi was, indeed, wounded, but that he wasn't sure how seriously.
"We are not sure whether he is dead or not, but we are sure that he is injured," Jabr said. [...]
Update: (06/03/05 10:18PM CDT)
Adnkrons International is reporting:
IRAQ: FALLUJAH SHEIKH SAYS AL-ZARQAWI DIED ON FRIDAY
Baghdad, 2 June (AKI) - The Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq - died on Friday and his body is in Fallujah's cemetary, an Iraqi Sunni sheikh, Ammar Abdel Rahim Nasir, has told the Saudi on-line newspaper Al-Medina. He claims that gunfights which broke out in Fallujah in the last few days involved militants trying to protect the insurgency leader's tomb from a group of American soldiers patrolling the area.
During a telephone conversation from the city of Fallujah with the Saudi newspaper, Nasir said al-Zarqawi was taken there after being injured in the city of Ramadi around three weeks ago, and may have been treated by two doctors who had worked with his aides in Baghdad. He said the two doctors had stopped a serious haemorrhage in al-Zarqawi's intestines, but that after his condition worsened last week, the militant died on Friday.
I'm assuming they were referring to last Friday, May 27, but today would be just fine. Read the whole thing. (Thanks to Free Republic for the link)
Hammorabi is reporting that:
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.
His family in Jordan preparing and expected to do Fataha (funeral for him soon).
He also reports that others are denying this:
A site related to Zarqawi group just stated that Abo-Musab Zarqawi is well and he is following the news of the (terrorists) attacks in Iraq.
He promises updates as information becomes available.
I'm wondering if we can arrange to have an official presence at the funeral, say a batallionor ten of our finest US Marines, to see that the solemn occasion is observed properly. This would be a proper Memorial Day gift.
Update: (5/28/05 11:50PM CDT) Discussion here of possible accuracy of Zarqawi stories. No definitive confirmation yet. (Thanks to Free Republic for the link.)
Update: (5/31/05 9:25PM CDT) Hammorabi is now reporting that Zarqawi may be still alive, and taken to Iran via Syria.
The fate of the mass murderer terrorist Abomusab Zarqawi after his injury in Al-Qaim is not yet known.
Iran quickly denied news report by the Sun which is a UK newspaper that Zarqawi has been transferred for treatment to Iran. Most likely he was transferred to Syria which again denied it but Syria denied before the existence of Saddam half brother and after pressure it gave up and handed him to the US forces in Iraq.
Update: (06/01/05 3:45 PM CDT) Mehr News is reporting: Al-Zarqawi received treatment in Amman hospital: Arab Times
TEHRAN, June 1 (MNA) - Al-Qaeda terrorist leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has received treatment at a hospital in the Jordanian capital Amman amid tight security by Jordanian intelligence forces and under the supervision of the Jordanian King Abdullah II, the U.S.-based daily Arab Times reported on Wednesday.
There are reliable news in Jordan that al-Zarqawi was transferred to the Al-Hussein clinic in Oman where he received treatment in a section guarded by security forces, the Arabic-language daily claimed.
The news comes after reports previously claimed that al-Zarqawi was receiving medical treatment in Iran.
Wonder why Jordanian treatment is being reported out of Iran? Curiouser and curiouser.
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