September 22, 2004

IF ONLY HE'D BEEN AT HIS RIGHT HAND...:

Zarqawi's right-hand man killed in Iraq (Insight on the News, September 22, 2004)

The right-hand man of al-Qaida's suspected leader in Iraq, Abu Misaab Zarqawi, was apparently killed in Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad, reports said Wednesday.

Jordan's daily al-Ghad said Omar Youssef Jumaa, code-named Abu Anas Shami, was killed in a U.S. bombardment of Abu Ghraib Friday, while he was traveling in a car with several other Muslim militants.

The paper quoted Jumaa's family in Jordan as saying they received information about his death from reliable sources.

Jumaa, number two in Zarqawi's al-Tawheed group, was responsible for religious edicts and writing Zarqawi's addresses to the press.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2004 4:39 PM
Comments

"while he was traveling in a car with several other Muslim militants"

One wonders how many unreported "Muslim militant" deaths are occurring these days, and how long believers will keep stepping forward for the honor. I believe Israel just demonstrated the number is rather finite.

Posted by: curt at September 22, 2004 4:48 PM

Curt;

I wonder that myself. I just saw somewhere about videos of jihadis fighting the US Marines in Iraq are being sold a propaganda. You have to wonder what kind of people you can recruit by showing them videos of the gruesome end of their predecessors.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 22, 2004 5:00 PM

If true, he lost his speechwriter. Not done yet. More, please.

Posted by: old maltese at September 22, 2004 6:06 PM

>You have to wonder what kind of people you can
>recruit by showing them videos of the gruesome
>end of their predecessors.

Guys who want to dip their wick in 72 virgins and 27 pretty little boys for all eternity, that's who.

To get to the afterlife, you have to die first -- and a gruesome end fighting the infidel counts for brownie points.

Posted by: Ken at September 22, 2004 8:42 PM

Ken:

How can they call getting pulverized by a 500 lb. bomb "fighting the infidel"?

Maybe if they threw rocks at the aircraft first, it would count for something.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 22, 2004 8:49 PM

I'm surprised the headline tonight about this on CBS wasn't "U.S. Blamed for New Abu Ghraib Deaths" Even if it wasn't in the prison, if nothing else, it would give them an excuse to send Mary Mapes over to Iraq for a further investigation.

Posted by: John at September 22, 2004 11:49 PM

How come we never get the left-hand men?

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 23, 2004 3:49 PM

primitive toiletry prevents their being identified as such

Posted by: oj at September 23, 2004 4:22 PM
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