Breaking: Autopsy shows Zarqawi was indeed killed by bomb blast (Update: AQ names successor)

posted at 8:55 am on June 12, 2006 by Allahpundit

He lasted 52 minutes. And yes, the DNA tests confirm that it’s him.

Update: A further detail to set the minds of the world’s Sullivans at ease: “[Gen. Caldwell] said that Zarqawi’s body was treated with the same procedures and dignity given to Coalition dead.”

Update:[N]o evidence of beating or any firearm injuries.”

Just to show you how hard truth is to come by in Iraq, compare this account of the “beating” in yesterday’s Times of London to today’s report in the New York Times. ToL:

Once the soldiers had established the man was not a threat, they started to kick him in the chest, said [Ali] Abbas and an Iraqi policeman also there. “They kept kicking him, shouting, ‘What’s your name?’, but the man only moaned and said nothing,” said Abbas.

NYT:

Another person who identified himself as a witness to Mr. Zarqawi’s final moments, interviewed Sunday on Al Jazeera satellite network, made no mention of soldiers striking the man and suggested that American soldiers tore open his clothing in what appeared an effort to revive him.

“The Americans came afterward, they took him out of the ambulance, put him on the ground, and ripped his dishdasha,” the witness, Ali Abbas, said in the interview on Al Jazeera. “They were pressing on his chest, wanting him to speak or to respond, and they brought a bottle of water but he didn’t take it.”

Update: Here’s how Le Monde heralded the good news on Friday. Translated for Truthout, of course.

Update: According to jihadi websites, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer is the new leader of AQ in Iraq. No one seems to know who he is, although Fox notes that “al-Muhajer” means “the immigrant.” One of the knocks on Zarqawi among the bomb-belt community was that he was a foreigner and thus couldn’t claim to be acting on behalf of Iraqis the way a hometown boy might; looks like that criticism will abide.

Update: Who the hell is this guy?

Interestingly, there do not appear to be obvious references to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir in any of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s propaganda material from the last three years, and to the best of my knowledge, neither the Iraqi government nor the U.S. military has ever publicly named him as a wanted Al-Qaida member. Even the jihadi community that supports Al-Qaida was caught somewhat offguard by this announcement — many of them had simply assumed that Al-Qaida Deputy Commander Abu Abdelrahman al-Iraqi would take over in Zarqawi’s absence.


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Maybe they should mail this guy’s head to bin Laden. Collect.

clyde on June 12, 2006 at 8:58 AM

First of all….is anyone listening to the Live ‘circus’ on Fox. The questions being asked of our men in uniform are just outrageous. Was the body treated with respect, why were his clothes RIPPED off, why did it take so long for ground troops to get to him..blah, blah, blah. The only saving grace is in watching Maj. Calwells smirk when asked some of these questions. I just know he is thinking, “our guys just killed the most evil being since Hitler and you are asking IF and WHY he was not treated with respect?? We are so truly the most compassionate and powerful people on the globe…anyone else would have burned the bastards sorry ass and fed it to the barn animals along with his wives and offspring!

Sandys Beach on June 12, 2006 at 9:07 AM

Clyde….Maybe they should mail this guy’s head to bin Laden. Collect
Yeah,that, too

Sandys Beach on June 12, 2006 at 9:09 AM

“His skull had been fractured and there were fractures to his ribs and arms along with shrapnel in his body from the bomb blast, said Dr Jones”

Sounds painful… 52 minutes is not long enough in my book.

Too bad it didn’t take a week or two…

So when is the funeral? I’m sure OBL will be a no show!

Bob Mileti on June 12, 2006 at 9:09 AM

clyde that’s Brilliant! Then when he goes to the post office to pick it up! BAM!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 12, 2006 at 9:21 AM

Now the F-16 pilot will be brought up on charges for the murder of innocent civilians. (Zaqarwi’s wife and son)
Al Gore will write a book on the life of Zarqawi. “My Hero the Terrorist”
The left will mourn…..

Kramer on June 12, 2006 at 9:27 AM

I’ll take his 52 minutes of shear agony and realization that he was pummeled by the arsenal of democracy. If he’d been sent to a hospital he might have recovered and we don’t really want to think about another show trial.

pistolero on June 12, 2006 at 9:55 AM

When I read the report that he may have been beaten by the soldiers before he died, I had one thought: I HOPE SO!

DJ Dubya on June 12, 2006 at 10:20 AM

If he’d been beaten by anybody, it would have likely been the Iraqi police, who got to him first. That goon killed a BUNCH of their fellow officers. The fact he WASN’T beaten to death only proves the Iraqis didn’t know who he was when they found his sorry a**.

Mike O on June 12, 2006 at 10:30 AM

I watched the press conference. Some of reporter’s questions left me shaking my head. You never thought about how bad “group think” can be until you see a group of bonehead crusaders looking for windmills in lock step.

Shmo on June 12, 2006 at 10:33 AM

Any guesses on his pallbearers?(sp)
Murtha’s a shoe in.
Pelosi.
Carter.
Kofi.
Chris Matthews.
Olbermean.

roninacreage on June 12, 2006 at 10:34 AM

Zarqawi Press Conference Q & A

1 The MSM were taught a valuable lesson. Bombs kill people. Duh!
2 But these two bombs didn’t kill Zarqawi quickly enough. We should build more destructive bombs.
3 That high pitched screeching you hear are millions of liberals bemoaning the fate ot their fallen idol and also the fact that no US Soldier will be accused of an atrocity in his demise.
4 What is the point of dropping two 500 lb. bombs on the skunk and then trying to revive him?
5 The next time a tsunami levels Indonesia, Al Gore will blame the dust and pollution of the Zarqawi bombing.
6 There will be conspiracy theories that Zarqawi is alive and working as a used car salesman in Cleveland.

MaiDee on June 12, 2006 at 10:40 AM

OK, we have a new name. Let’s match it to a face and take this son of a bitch out too.

Abigail Adams on June 12, 2006 at 10:47 AM

Also, Gen. Caldwell live this morning said that Zarqawi was given medical treatment by U.S. troops before he died. Apparently they did the exact opposite of beating him; they tried to save his life.

I tend to believe Gen. Caldwell above the MSM on well, just about any issue be it Iraq or gardening.

Cary on June 12, 2006 at 10:59 AM

They said there were 3 women in the house. Better find the Duke Lacross team doctors to see if there is any of his seaman in the women.

I smell a scandal.

Shmo on June 12, 2006 at 11:03 AM

I dont think the sailors were there SHMO…

shooter on June 12, 2006 at 11:13 AM

You got it shooter.

Shmo on June 12, 2006 at 11:17 AM

Update:

According to jihadi websites, Abu Hamza al-Murthawi is the new leader of AQ in Iraq.

No one seems to know who he is, although Fox notes that “al-Murthawi” means “the chicken.”

One of the knocks on Zarqawi among the bomb-belt community was that he was a foreigner from Western Pennsylvania and thus couldn’t claim to be acting on behalf of Iraqis the way a hometown boy might; looks like that criticism will abide.

Update: Who the hell is this guy?

Even the jihadi community that supports Al-Qaida was caught somewhat offguard by this announcement — many of them had simply assumed that Al-Qaida Deputy Commander Abu Abdelrahman al-Pelosi would take over in Zarqawi’s absence.

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Tracked on June 12, 2006 10:53 AM

CatholicConservative on June 12, 2006 at 11:36 AM

Breaking:

Autopsy shows Zarqawi was killed.

CatholicConservative on June 12, 2006 at 11:39 AM

Sandy’s Beach – you are so right.

I can’t help but wonder why the 5th Column didn’t ask about the obvious – what was going on in this “meeting” –

I think Zarqawi and his spiritual advisor were having sex with the 2 females (the 3rd female was a child). This makes sense – they found pieces of “teddies” around….

the men had different wounds (different rooms perhaps). Maybe Zarqawi was on the bottom and that’s why he had no shrapnel…?

some meeting…… the girls were there to take notes??

Based on the evidence, it’s seems obvious this could have been going on…

Wonder why the nit-picking 5th column didn’t ask about this?

Richard Davis on June 12, 2006 at 11:39 AM

More Breaking News:

New leader of Z-Man’s boys holds first press conference:

See here.

They’ve already taken hostages!!!!

ScottG on June 12, 2006 at 11:47 AM

Richard Davis

“I think Zarqawi and his spiritual advisor were having sex with the 2 females (the 3rd female was a child). This makes sense – they found pieces of “teddies” around”

The 3rd female was a child (1 year old) who was legally married to Zarqawi.

As for the other men, they were babysitting Zarqawi’s other 2 wives while he was changing the diaper of his 3rd wife.

CatholicConservative on June 12, 2006 at 11:50 AM

Questions at the news conference “What was he wearing?”. “Was he beaten up?” “Was his clothes ripped?” “Why did it take 28 minutes for US forces to get to the scene?” Who cares! Zarqawi is dead, this is good. The MSM has to show us how they are caring feeling people. They feel the enemys pain. THe MSM feels no pain for the solders who have died or have been wounded in the war on terror, or for their family and friends. Does the MSM feel any pain for the over 3,000 souls who perished on 9-11? Does the MSM feel any pain over the people Zarqawi had beheaded? The only people the left-wingers care about is themselves. They are God unto themselves. They are on a “highway to Hell”.

birdman on June 12, 2006 at 12:47 PM

CatholicConservative,

Your ‘Update’ comment is a hoot! Congratulations on ingenuity and humor.

Allahpundit will call you soon, for the number 4 post :)

Entelechy on June 12, 2006 at 1:00 PM

As for our troops beating him, I believe the “sand flea” who witnessed the event!

It’s called CPR stupid! A standard medical procedure!

It’s just fortunate that the medics didn’t have a portable defibrillator handy or Benedict Murtha and the Has Been Media would be calling for an investigation into allegations that our troops attached it to his scrotum and electrocuted the S.O.B!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 12, 2006 at 1:00 PM

Entelechy, how genius :-)

Of course I copied it with some change :-)

As if I didn’t know that nobody will notice, including ALLAH himself :-)

CatholicConservative on June 12, 2006 at 1:11 PM

Entelechy, what number 4 post?

CatholicConservative on June 12, 2006 at 1:28 PM

CatholicConservative – great stuff lol!

Richard Davis on June 12, 2006 at 2:34 PM

CatholicConservative,

Number 4 post on HotAir.com, right after Michelle, Allah and Brian :)

Thanks again for your wit!

Entelechy on June 12, 2006 at 3:05 PM

Is this newly appointed chief al Qaeda’s ‘Harriet Miers’ moment? Didn’t we all say the same thing as your everyday Abu is saying today?

pistolero on June 12, 2006 at 3:08 PM

Imagine the shockwave of this blast traveling though the house. When it reaches Mr. Z. it sucks the air out of his lungs, which then collapse leaving him gasping to breath, his eardrums explode and his bodily functions fail causing him to uh, not make it to the bathroom in time. Then the shock wave picks up his body and throws it like a ragdoll into and through the walls as they crumble around him. Next a huge fire ball heats his body like a pig in a backyard roasting pit. The roof breaks apart, flying up and gravity brings the pieces back down on top of him. He can’t hear anything but the ringing in his ears, he can’t see anything but the smoke and rubble. He thinks to himself ” OUCH! That hurt. What hapened? They got me! CRAP! They found me! How did they find me? What did I do wrong? Somebody must have betrayed me! Oh allah, curse he who betrayed me … for 25 million bucks!” For 52 minutes he suffers the physical pain and mental torture of knowing that he lost his battle with us, the infidels. The last thing he see is an American soldier looking down at him and he dies.

Then the REAL fun begins!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go clean up my mess and smoke a cig.

Tony737 on June 12, 2006 at 3:20 PM

CatholicConservative, note that our Allah(pundit) notices everything and is very dutyful, whether we agree or not with all his individual views. Great guy!

I question if the other Allah is on vacation. The 1000 lbs operation could have ended in a very mundane way, with only a few fingernails left for the DNA verification.

Ah, but this way:

- Sweet justice kept the monster alive nearly an hour – what I would give for his thoughts, if he still could compose any.
- Our soldiers didn’t kill him, and he didn’t make it on his own, and all the primadonnas of the world are left empty-handed.
- The conspiracy theorists will have plenty to work with.
- The Right is happy! Period!
- There will be no endless trial.
- The Left is destitute: he is dead, the subject is changed, this might be a bit of good news for Mr. Bush, Haditha is not true or much smaller, homeland security and terrorism are front-and-center and November is not so certain again. One almost feels for them.

One more thing. Kos is going for #21 and upwards.

Entelechy on June 12, 2006 at 3:30 PM

Geez – we dropped two 500 pound bombs specifically to kill (or assassinate) him. What moral difference does it make even if the soldiers on the ground finished the job or just let the Almighty finish it? I don’t believe that’s what happened, but where’s the moral difference?

Either way, I say GOOD RIDDANCE to this vermin. The troops did their job.

dman on June 12, 2006 at 4:03 PM

Tony 737..that was a real fine image you painted for us…I want to think on that for a while….my soul is soaring…and my heart is singing praises for our troops. Bless every one of them….

Sandys Beach on June 12, 2006 at 4:26 PM

Bush is in Iraq!

I can see him now.. smoking a cigar with the F-16 Pilots, smiles and says, “Thank you for killing that bastard, tell me about all about it….”

Richard Davis on June 13, 2006 at 9:50 AM

The ripping off the clothes… hellooooo, anybody out there ever been on a CPR team? Ya kinda have to get the clothes out of the way if you’re going to try to revive him in any manner (intracardial epirnephrine, defib, heart compressions, etc.).

Myself, I’d have turned to the Iraqi police, told them who he was (someone who killed HUNDREDS of their coworkers) and asked them to try to revive him- with their rifle butts.

Mike O on June 13, 2006 at 5:42 PM

As for his replacement; he must be the slowest one to take a step backward when they asked for volunteers to step forward to tako Al-Bombed-One’s place. Nicknamed ‘The Immigrant’; they must have the same situation with illegal aliens we have. They fill the jobs no one else wants! ;-)

Mike O on June 13, 2006 at 5:49 PM