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Unconfirmed: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Wounded (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 24 2005 @ 11:31 AM
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There are unconfirmed reports that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been wounded in Iraq. He is the #1 wanted man in Iraq and has a $25 million bounty on his head. The news comes from Al Qaeda. U.S Lt. Co. Steve Boylan doubts the validity of the news and says they've had this information before "This could be another one of their ploys, you never know." he said.
 



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DUBAI (Reuters) - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al Qaeda in
Iraq, has been wounded, his group said in a Web posting.

"O nation of Islam ... Pray for the healing of our Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from an injury he suffered in the path of God," said a statement from the Al Qaeda Organization for Holy War in Iraq. Its authenticity could not be verified.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Why they are releasing this information I do not know. The benefits of announcing it are unclear.

What would Al Qaeda gain by telling the world their Iraq leader of operations has been wounded?

[edit on 24/5/05 by subz]




posted on May, 24 2005 @ 12:49 PM
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I think they anounced it to gather more support for their cause.



"The injury of our leader is an honor and an incentive to tighten the noose on the enemies of God and a reason to step up our attacks on them," the statement said.

Could also be true and he is in bad shape (hopefully) and they are calling for all Muslims to pray for his recovery. Even if he dies, they will treat him like a martyr and someone else will take his place.



posted on May, 24 2005 @ 02:47 PM
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As the endless barrage of zarqawi reports continue to surface it would be reassuring to see some live footage of an 'unmasked' zarqawi for once: whether in action, on the run, mortally wounded, or a desecrated lifeless corpse. Doing a search it seems abu mussab al zarqawi in arabic means "Father of Mussab from the city of Zarqa", but if one simply uses the "r" twice, zarqawi yields the anagram "Iraq Warz" which fits nicely as a psy-op codename. On a humorous note could it perhaps also be an Iraqi equivalent of "sasquatch" or bigfoot of Baghdad? I think many here would agree that "seeing is believing" when listening to his latest evil escapades. Arguments about the doctoring or authenticating of the footage could come later but at least we would have something more verifiable than scripted text.



 
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