New Images: U.S. Killing Of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi
U.S. Military has released details of an autopsy carried out on the body of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. It reported that he survived for nearly an hour after two 500lb bombs struck Zarqawi's 'safe-house' but died from "massive internal injuries" caused by shockwaves from the bomb blasts. Scoop has obtained new images of the bombed out 'target' and that of a diagram report resulting from Al Zarqawi's autopsy.
Last week, United States Forces were tipped off as to where Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, was located.
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U.S. Military Medical Officer Colonel Stephen Jones addresses the media during a press conference as the "injury pattern" of Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi is displayed on a screen. Jordanian-born Zarqawi was killed when US bombs struck his hideout north of Baghdad.
The autopsies were conducted by two U.S. Defense Department forensic pathologists who were flown to Iraq to conduct the procedure. Al-Zarqawi, Jones said, died from closed space primary blast injuries. These injuries included rupturing of the eardrums along with hemorrhaging in the lungs. Bruises, abrasions and lacerations were also found on the head, body and extremities with a fractured leg.
“The bombing occurred at about 6:12 p.m., Coalition forces were at the safe house at 6:40 p.m.,” Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV said. Jones said the Saturday autopsy showed that al-Zarqawi died from injuries to his lungs. "Blast waves from the two bombs caused tearing, bruising of the lungs and bleeding," he said. "There was no evidence of firearm injuries."
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State Of It: Zarqawi's Killing Suggests U.S. Sunni and Al Qaeda Accomplices - Images, Text Report and video: Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning writes that since Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed by U.S. forces, much speculation has centered on who or what group fingered him. A Sunni deep-cover network looks most likely responsible for identifying Al Zarqawi's whereabouts, with Al Qaeda's blessing. The U.S. intel scenario goes like this: Al Zarqawi was most effective as a tactician chipping away at U.S. forces and continuing to inflame unrest between Sunnis and Shia insurgencies in Iraq. The strategy worked for Al Zarqawi and frustrated the United States to the degree it most often focused its propaganda on him rather than Al Qaeda. See... Scoop: Sunni Deep-Cover Bods Fingered Al Zarqawi. See also... Michel Chossudovsky: Who was Abu Musab al Zarqawi? & Scoop News: U.S. Bombing Raid Kills al-Zarqawi