This guy is harder to kill than James Bond! Let’s review, and note the dates:
Leaflet Says Extremist Al-Zarqawi Killed
By LEE KEATH
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 4, 2004; 10:10 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A Jordanian extremist suspected of bloody suicide attacks in Iraq was killed some time ago in U.S. bombings and a letter outlining plans for fomenting sectarian war is a forgery, a leaflet signed by a dozen alleged insurgent groups said. A senior U.S. official denied that claim.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of northern Iraq “during the American bombing there,” according to the eight-page leaflet circulated this week in Fallujah, a city 30 miles west of Baghdad that is a hotbed of anti-U.S. insurgency activity.
Zarqawi killed in Iraq?
Balaji Reddy, Special Correspondent
October 16, 2004
American military assault in Iraq on the militants may have created a major blow for the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his organization in Falluja.
According to some sources he may have tried to escape but then died in the process. A rumor was spreading in Iraq that Zarqawi was captured by the American military.
The U.S. military said on Saturday that reports that Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been detained in Iraq were not credible. “We have heard those reports and we do not believe they are true,” Lieutenant Colonel Steve Boylan, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, told Reuters. “We have been in contact with the marines based around Falluja and we have heard nothing about those reports through our channels,” he said.
IRAQ: AL-ZARQAWI SERIOUSLY INJURED, SAYS IRAQI OFFICIAL
Baghdad, 11 May 2005 (AKI) – The Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is “seriously injured, possibly dead” according to Colonel Fouad Hani Hassan, commander of the fifth division of the Iraqi armed forces, cited by ‘Elaph’, a popular website in the Arab world. Al-Zarqawi, considered al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, is believed to have been injured in the major offensive US-led forces have been carrying out in the western Anbar province over the last few days.
Operation Matador is centred around the town of Qaim, just a few kilometres from the Syrian border, and is aimed at destroying the strongholds of foreign fighters coming over the border into Iraq to join the insurgency. It’s the fourth day of violent fighting around the town, which has been surrounded by troops since Saturday night. Bombing is said to be heavy in Qaim, where there has been house-to-house fighting between troops and insurgents.
And yet again:
IRAQ: FALLUJAH SHEIKH SAYS AL-ZARQAWI DIED ON FRIDAY
Baghdad, 2 June 2005 (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.
Nasir adds that in his will the insurgent leader left the order that no funeral should be held for him and the right to announce his death should be left to the al-Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden.
One more time:
Zarqawi is dead, claims Baghdad imam
09/16/05 — PARIS – Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, is dead but Washington continues to use him as a bogeyman to justify a prolonged military occupation, an Iraqi Shia cleric said in an interview published here on Friday.
Sheikh Jawad Al Kalesi, the imam of the al-Kazemiya mosque in Baghdad, told Le Monde newspaper: “I don’t think that Abu Musab Al Zarqawi exists as such. He’s simply an invention by the occupiers to divide the people.”
Kalesi claimed that 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 Qaeda.
“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.”
But wait! There’s still more space dust:
Nov. 20, 2005 21:01
Report: al-Zarqawi may have been killed in Mosul
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The Elaph Arab media website reported on Sunday that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror group, may have been killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The unconfirmed report claimed that the explosions occurred while coalition forces surrounded the house in which al-Zarqawi was hiding. American and Iraqi forces are looking into the report.
You know, I absolutely hate being so distrustful of our government. But since it lied to get us into this war (and Vietnam, and World War II, and the Spanish-American War…), why should we believe that this report of al-Zarqawi’s death is any more authentic than the others?
For that matter, how do we “know” that al-Zarqawi was a terrorist mastermind? While it may be true, since we have to depend on a source that’s lied to us in the past, and more than once, how can we know for sure?