Thursday, June 02, 2005

Terrorist Leader Zarqawi Dead and Buried in Fallujah Claims Sheikh

Sunni sheikh Ammar Abdel Rahim Nasir claims that Zarqawi died last Friday and was buried in a Fallujah cemetery according to adnkronosinternational (AKI):
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.
Gutshot. Excellent.

I first posted on Zarqawi's reported wounding here, with followups here, here, here, here, here and here.

Via The Jawa Report.