According to The London Times, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi the justifier of killing Muslims fled the country for emergency surgery after an American airstrike left him with shrapnel lodged in his chest.
IRAQ’S most wanted terrorist has fled the country for emergency surgery after an American airstrike left him with shrapnel lodged in his chest, according to a senior insurgent commander in close contact with his group.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who has a $25m bounty on his head after being blamed for suicide bombings, assassinations and the beheadings of western hostages Ã¢â‚¬” including Ken Bigley, the Liverpool engineer Ã¢â‚¬” is now believed to be in Iran.
He has suffered from bouts of high fever since being wounded by a missile that struck his convoy three weeks ago as he fled an American offensive near the town of al-Qaim in northwestern Iraq, the commander said.
His condition late last week was described as stable, but supporters were said to be preparing to move him to another “non-Arab” country for an operation to remove the shrapnel.
“Shrapnel went in between the right shoulder and his chest, ripped it open and is still stuck in there,” said the commander.
Zarqawi was apparently treated with first aid, but a fever would suggest that the wound had become infected. He is said to have been taken to the Ramadi hospital four days after being hit but left soon afterward despite being urged by the doctor to let himself be admitted as a patient.
Bullet or infection; does anyone care what this butcher eventually dies of? A note to Zarqawi’s followers. please send his present address to the Pentagon so that they may send him flowers and a get well wish of their own.
Although there has been skepticism as to the condition of Zarqawi and if he had even been wounded as stories have swirled from every angle. There had been no previous Pentagon confirmation. This morning of Fox News Sunday General Richard Myers, CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF said the following regarding Zarqawi:
Well, I don’t know if seriously. We tend to believe what is said on the web site, and that is that he’s been injured. And we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s not — it hasn’t changed our operation at all. Our operation is go after Zarqawi, his lieutenants. We’ve been very, very successful. We’ve rounded up about 600 of the folks, some of his foot soldiers, some of his closest lieutenants.
The entire interview transcript with General Richard Myers and Chris Wallace can be seen here.
Also from Trey Jackson there is video from General Richard Myers from his Sunday interview on ‘Face The Nation’.
The entire Face The Nation transcript can be seen here.