Iraqi Government Confirms al-Zarqawi Wounded
The Iraqi government has confirmed reports from an Islamic web site that terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is seriously wounded.
Iraqis say al-Zarqawi is hurt (Capital News 9)
Iraq’s interior minister said he has confirmed reports that militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been wounded. The Jordanian-born fugitive heads a group called al-Qaida-in-Iraq blamed in attacks killing hundreds of people, including US soldiers. A Web site claiming to speak for him announced this week that al Zarqawi was wounded in a gunbattle.
Iraq’s interior minister said he’s been able to confirm that. The official told a Baghdad news conference that Iraqi authorities don’t know if al-Zarqawi is dead, but “are sure” he’s been injured.
Internet statements on behalf of al-Qaida-in-Iraq have asked Muslims to pray for al-Zarqawi.
It sounds promising, although we’ve gotten false reports from the Iraqi government before. NPR reported this morning that the site that initially reported Zarqawi’s wounds now say that an interim replacement has been named.