Thursday, May 26, 2005

Good news ... Closing in on Zarqawi

I heard on the radio that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been wounded, and thought briefly that he might be in the custody of U.S. or Iraqi forces. However, this report comes by way of an Iraqi reporter in Ramadi, reporting the story of a local doctor who treated Zarqawi.

As reported in The Times :

Bin Laden henchman ‘seriously wounded’
Hala Jaber and Ali Rifat, Baghdad

IRAQ’S most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been seriously wounded, according to a doctor who claims to have treated him last week.

The doctor told an Iraqi reporter in the western city of Ramadi that Zarqawi was bleeding heavily when he was brought into hospital on Wednesday. After treating his wounds the doctor tried to persuade him to remain, but the Jordanian-born terrorist’s minders drove him away.

This is good news on two fronts. First, we are getting closer, and this is fantastic. Second - the doctor told his story to the reporters after having been threatened with his life, and offered money (which he refused) for his silence. Wonderful for him that he was not killed outright, and wonderful for us, for the information he can provide!

Marc at USS Neverdock shares some links on other henchmen being tracked, and the important news that even bribes are not working in some places.