Friday, July 30, 2004

Zarqawi Captured? 

American media have not picked up on the story, so take it with a grain of salt. But a handful of foreign sources are running with a Xinhua report that Abu Musab Zarqawi has been captured in Iraq. (Link via Zemblan patriot J.D.)

UPDATE (7/31): According to Reuters, the man captured was not Zarqawi:
"It's not true, the reports are not true," Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations for the U.S. military in Iraq, told Reuters on Monday. "We've heard the reports about it, but they are not true."

Earlier, reports on a U.S.-funded Iraqi radio station had suggested Zarqawi had been captured near the town of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, in an area controlled by Polish troops. Iraqi officials in Hilla said a man had been captured who resembled Zarqawi and spoke with a similar accent.

"The detained man looked like al-Zarqawi but it was not him," a military source in the Polish-led multinational force headquarters in Babylon told Reuters.
Meanwhile, Zarqawi's group has captured two Turkish drivers and is threatening to behead them unless Turkey withdraws its troops from Iraq within 48 hours.

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