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  • Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    How many times has Zarqawi died?

    How many time have there been reports that Zarqawi has died? Pick your favourite date from one of the following, or, alternatively, let us know about any other occasions on which Zarqawi is supposed to have died:

    1 - 17th September 2005 - Cleric says al-Zarqawi died long ago

    Al-Kalesi claimed that al-Zarqawi was killed in the Kurdish northern region of Iraq at the beginning of the US-led war on the country as he was meeting with members of the Ansar Al-Islam group affiliated to al-Qaida.

    "His family in Jordan even held a ceremony after his death. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is therefore a ploy used by the Americans, an excuse to continue the occupation. It's a pretext so they don't leave Iraq."

    2 - 2nd June 2005 - Zarqawi died on Friday:

    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.

    3 - 22nd November 2005 - Tests to clarify if Zarqawi died at the weekend

    A U.S. government official, who spoke in Washington on condition of anonymity, confirmed that DNA from the eight insurgents who died in the Saturday raid in Mosul had been taken for testing.

    Meanwhile, U.S. soldiers fired Monday on a civilian vehicle they feared might hold a suicide bomber, killing at least two adults and a child, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

    4 - 5th March 2004 - A dozen "alleged insurgent groups" say Zarqawi dead:

    U.S. officials say al-Zarqawi may have been involved in some of the series of suicide bombings this year in Iraq — including the massive mosque bombings on Tuesday that killed more than 100 Shiite Muslims.

    But according to a statement circulated this week in Fallujah, a hotbed of anti-U.S. insurgency activity, al-Zarqawi was killed in northern Iraq "during the American bombing there."

    The Fallujah statement called the al-Zarqawi letter "fabricated," saying it has been used by the U.S.-run coalition "to back up their theory of a civil war" in Iraq.

    5 - 21st November 2005 - US denies Zarqawi died on 19th November

    U.S. forces left a cordoned area around a house in northern Iraq today following a gun battle in which eight suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed and 11 American soldiers were wounded.

    Earlier, a White House spokesman in Washington dismissed reports that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of the Al-Qaeda group in Iraq, may have been among those killed in the 19 November shootout in Mosul.

    8th November 2004 - Bin Laden (Yes, he who died in 2001) may have died alongside Zarqawi in Fallujah:

    As US and Iraqi forces march ahead in Falluja, some special reward may be waiting for them. Rumor is rampant in Baghdad that the dreaded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Osama Bin Laden are trapped in Falluja. If the coalition forces are able to kill or capture both or either of them, it will be a major hit against terrorism.

    Now, I wonder who'd want to start a rumour like that.

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