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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi video bloopers

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. military command Thursday released previously unseen images of a video purportedly posted by al-Qaida in Iraq's leader, showing him decked out in American tennis shoes and unable to operate his machine gun.


The video, discovered in a series of raids in April on purported al-Qaida in Iraq safe houses in the Youssifiyah area, 12 miles southwest of Baghdad, gave a view of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi that the Jordanian-born militant chose not to show the world, said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, spokesman for the U.S. command.

Al-Zarqawi is "very proud of the fact that he can operate this machine gun, and he proclaims that, and all of his close associates are very proud of what Zarqawi does," Lynch said in a briefing in which he played a snippet from the video posted by militants on April 25.

But as the previously unseen video was shown, Lynch mocked al-Zarqawi, suggesting his weapon jammed and he was unable to fix it.

"It's supposed to be automatic fire, he's shooting single shots. Something is wrong with his machine gun, he looks down, can't figure out, calls his friend to come unblock the stoppage and get the weapon firing again," Lynch said.

"This piece you all see as he walks away, he's wearing his black uniform and his New Balance tennis shoes as he moves to this white pickup. And, his close associates around him ... do things like grab the hot barrel of the machine gun and burn themselves," the military spokesman added.

We've also made the video available on YouTube


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Comments (39)

Ha Ha Ha , The big Al quaed... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

Ha Ha Ha , The big Al quaeda leader is just as bumbling and incompetent as Bin Laden is!! they are,nt to be feared but laughed at..HaHaHa

Is that Snakeyes standing n... (Below threshold)
Heraulder:

Is that Snakeyes standing next to Zarqawi!? Traitor.

Anyway, showing this clip is a smart move on our part. Taking the wind out these people is a good way of marginalizing their message...unless of course your message is an advertisement for 'New Balance' sneakers. What a sellout.


SEC. RUMSFELD: ...We know w... (Below threshold)
what:

SEC. RUMSFELD: ...We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

We know where they are.

If you had the slightest cl... (Below threshold)

If you had the slightest clue about guns would you want to be around these guys. When the "assistant" came in to pull the bolt, I really thought that the camera man was going to get one right in the lens.

Nice one what. Thi... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Nice one what.

This guy was one of the reasons we went to war. Congrats, war-mongers.

congrats for what? I though... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

congrats for what? I thought we went to war over weapons of mass destuction? like the MSM.

Keystone Qaedas.... (Below threshold)

Keystone Qaedas.

Of course, none of the pusi... (Below threshold)
Langtry:

Of course, none of the pusillanimous pantywaists breathlessly reporting this footage sussed out this telling bit of information: that the tape clearly shows Al Zarqawi doesn't know his way around a machine gun. ** And I thought having your own personal umbrella handler a la P. Diddy was pathetic? How about having your own personal weapons handler, 'cause you don't know how to unjam your own gun? Does he have someone who rolls his c*nd*ms on for him? What a wuss!**

"Keystone Qaedas."... (Below threshold)
Langtry:
"Keystone Qaedas."

If this thread were a caption contest, Cirby would've just won it!

Ohh come come now Langtry, ... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Ohh come come now Langtry, You know these Al pussy types are not interested in women for anything other than strapping bomb belts on them. all these terror cells and training camps are always full of guys wanting to be with other guys. I dont think they use condoms to stop that kind of fun.."

No, of course not. ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:


No, of course not. Most goats are allergic to latex.

Cirby needs to copyright th... (Below threshold)

Cirby needs to copyright that before MSM steals it.

I've got to dub Yakety Sax ... (Below threshold)

I've got to dub Yakety Sax over this and then speed up the film.

If you had the sl... (Below threshold)
MikeB:
If you had the slightest clue about guns would you want to be around these guys. When the "assistant" came in to pull the bolt, I really thought that the camera man was going to get one right in the lens.

Not to mention that after he's done firing he sweeps at least one (maybe two) of his buddies with the muzzle.

- MikeB

Commenters over at Captain'... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

Commenters over at Captain's Quarters have noted that CNN's Jamie McIntyre is providing cover for the Z-man by discussing how "complicated" and "difficult to use" the M249 is. Unbeli--- No, wait. It IS believable that the MSM would provide this kind of cover for the Z-man, noble patriot and freedom fighter that he is.

/sarcasm

At any rate, Z and his goons may not be the most competent soldiers in world, but what they lack in basic skills they more than make up for in sheer meanness.

Zman sure looks like hes li... (Below threshold)
G:

Zman sure looks like hes living the good life. Guys got to have put on 50 pounds at least compared to his terrorist mugshot photo.

Naw its just the botox shot... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Naw its just the botox shots Hes taking to look sharp for the msm.

Come now, you've really got... (Below threshold)
Horus:

Come now, you've really got to stop believing your own propaganda.

I concede that it is footage of the Z-man but what does it prove? I mean, isn't this just like Rumsfeld saying that the fact that coalition forces wore protective clothing that this proves there were weapons of mass-destruction in Iraq; as opposed to the whole thing being a mass-distraction.

CIA Agent Bin Laden and panting wannabe Z-man are doing a great job hiding the dissatisfaction of the locals over your blatant resource theft, namely oil and gas.

We here in Australia are becoming more and more gullible too but you guys; bald face lie after bald face lie and you still lap it up...every time!

But then again, your poor troops at the frontline like ours irrespective of our lying government do deserve some moral support. It wasn't their decision to poison Iraq with depleted uranium, drop pretty (food package) yellow cluster bombs or drop new and improved napalm on the civilian population. No!, that was the cowardly three, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld and even they had to get someone else to pull the trigger. Mighty, mighty...

Come now, you've r... (Below threshold)
Come now, you've really got to stop believing your own propaganda.

That's good advice, Houri. Take it.

Five observations:... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Five observations:

1.) Ya know, in the first scene where Abu is sitting on the couch I'd swear, if you took the guns away, he looks just like a fisherman from "Deadliest Catch".

2.) He's kinda chubby, Not exactly the stealthy 'chameleon' he claims to be. More like a chubby, cherubic chameleon. (Pardon the aliteration.)

3.) What a weapons expert! Hello, Abu, it's a S.A.W. (Squad Automatic Weapon, likely captured in some ambush). You should (cough) know how to clear a malfunction on your own. P.S. The gun was pointing at the cameraman as you cleared it! Dumbass.

4.) Ooooo, you're firing at....sand! Such a tough guy. And his buddies are cheering him on. "Look at all the sand you hit, Abu!"

5.) Predator operators: Be on the lookout for a white, half-ton pick-up. Upon spotting it, release Hellfire missles at will. (Methinks the cameraman wasn't supposed to get a shot of the truck in the video. But this too is to be expected from a man that can't clear his own f-ing weapon!)

McGehee, feel free to menti... (Below threshold)
Horus:

McGehee, feel free to mention where I got it wrong.

Try all 5 paragraphs Horace... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Try all 5 paragraphs Horace!

"Try all 5 paragraphs Horac... (Below threshold)
Horus:

"Try all 5 paragraphs Horace!"

Silly person, you need only use a search engine (may I recomment google.com) and you verify it yourself.

For example, do a search on New and improved Napalm or why not just search for it by its' offical name, Mark-77. You'll discover how people in the streets of Baghdad were instantly varpourised by new and improved napalm.

As for the Z-man, you really expect me to fall for a video of an overweight bumbling idiot?

Its like god cop, bad cop, however you and this administration don't know which one you are right now.

I suggest you review stradegy because it's become laughable, har! har! har!

"You'll discover how people... (Below threshold)

"You'll discover how people in the streets of Baghdad were instantly varpourised by new and improved napalm."

No, I'll just read some more uninformed reports from folks like yourself on something that's physically impossible, AKA "instantly vaporized."

The Mk 77 wasn't used in Baghdad, by the way.

We have "new and improved" ... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

We have "new and improved" napalm???

KEWL!!! Does it stick to kids even better than the old stuff???

Oh, wait... I googled the Mk-77. Nothing really new; less benzene, kerosene instead of gasoline, blah-blah-blah.

Oh, well. Maybe some scientist at Tyndall or China Lake is working on something that CAN vaporize terrorists. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Maybe some scientist at Tyn... (Below threshold)

Maybe some scientist at Tyndall or China Lake is working on something that CAN vaporize terrorists.

Well, you know, MOAB.

But ya gotta hit 'em just right...

Hang on a minute, we were s... (Below threshold)
Aussie-Male:

Hang on a minute, we were suppose to be so scared of this guy. You've really lost it haven't you?

I suggest you take your time, don't rush and workout which story (propaganda) you actually want us to believe and stay consistent.

At the moment this reads like a really bad good cop, bad cop routine. You really got mixed about a minute go...

We'll, not completely vapor... (Below threshold)
Horus:

We'll, not completely vaporised otherwise I wouldn't be able to prove it happened.

And to the idiot who said they didn't use Mark-77 in Iraq I've got the photos in my hand and they were taken by a friend of mine who was a human shield in Iraq from Australia.

The photos showed hundreds of people missing the upper part of their torsos with white stuff everywhere. This was later shown to be the left over residue of Mark-77 and flesh that had been turn to ash.

This all occurred in downtown Baghdad, and the rest of the planet considers this to be a crime against humanity, so don't be too pleased with yourselves.

Hey Horass sorry i... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

Hey Horass

sorry i took so long to reply, My answer is :why would we waste gasoline on a mark77? when a Daisey cutter or 2 would do just as well? plus We would get the added benefit of no photographers surviving within 2 square miles not to mention having more gas for My 3 SUV,s!
By the way that white stuff was just the leftovers from a wild marshmallow jihad pillow fight! so dont get Your undies all in a bind.

After 9/11 Americans have f... (Below threshold)
Horus:

After 9/11 Americans have felt so sorry for themselves that I though you should know that no-one else gives a stuff about your losses.

Each time you commit human rights crimes, each time you illegally invade a country to steal their resources hundreds of thousands of people like myself just think to themselves (or in this case out aloud), America, you'll get yours.

Virgo1, yourt a brave man, sitting at home behind your computer thinking your so tough coz you government have weapons of mass destruction, yet this clown (K-man) can make you army look like some freakin British comedy show.

We're not laughing with you America, we are laughing at you.

"And to the idiot who said ... (Below threshold)

"And to the idiot who said they didn't use Mark-77 in Iraq I've got the photos in my hand and they were taken by a friend of mine who was a human shield in Iraq from Australia.

The photos showed hundreds of people missing the upper part of their torsos with white stuff everywhere. This was later shown to be the left over residue of Mark-77 and flesh that had been turn to ash."

Prove it.

Any moron can blather about nonexistent photos.

Give us a link.

Sure Cirby, go to: <a href=... (Below threshold)
Horus:

Sure Cirby, go to: http://www.ruthrussell.net/David's%20tank%20battle%20story/David's%20tank%20battle%20story.htm Or email David the photographer @ [email protected]

Particularly examine this photo: http://www.ruthrussell.net/David's%20tank%20battle%20story/DSC_0072_W640.jpg

And then email David and ask him what he thinks partially varpourised this victim of your government.

I might also add that I've ... (Below threshold)
Hrous:

I might also add that I've seen plenty more photos from the photographer, they were glossy prints and the white ash was particularly revealing. If you want to see those you'll have to ask David because I don't have the right to reproduce them.

Whore-us,According... (Below threshold)
Cybrludite:

Whore-us,

According to the first link, the pics were from the site of a tank battle. What do you suppose happens to someone inside a big steel box when the fuel and ammunition are ignited by a hit? I'll go you one better. The Soviet-era BMP infantry combat vehicle used by the Iraqi army had armor made of a magnesium alloy to reduce weight. Magnesium is more commonly used in flares because it burns well and makes an intensely bright light. I might add that your links make no mention of napalm of any sort. Wipe the rabid foam from your lips and try again.

Let me also point out that ... (Below threshold)
Cybrludite:

Let me also point out that driving towards a checkpoint at high speed in an area where checkpoints have been attacked with car bombs is going to draw fire. You want to yell about war crimes, yell at the folks who were using civilian (and thus protected by the Geneva Conventions) vehicles to attack the troops. The legal onus is on them.

"And then email David and a... (Below threshold)

"And then email David and ask him what he thinks partially varpourised this victim of your government."

It's called a "car fire." I've seen similar results in civilian cars. This sort of thing happens a lot when you take an unarmored vehicle into a tank battle (from the captions on the site).

If a wide-area weapon like napalm had been used, the fires wouldn't be so local. This area looks nothing like what happens when a napalm bomb is used.

It's also not in Baghdad, but is in Taji, which is about 30 kilometers north of Baghdad. Taji, by the way, is where much of Iraq's weapons research was done. Those "human shields," instead of protecting what they thought were food silos, were probably sitting on top of some leftover missiles or something more sinister (the team that was supposed to "clear" the areas they were sitting on was not allowed to check things more thoroughly). The al-Taji silos were a prime inspection site for the UNMOVIC inspectors, by the way, since it was one of Iraq's premier biological weapons research sites in the early 1990s.

In other words, your source is just another gullible idiot who helped protect one of the worst dictators in history, and is frantically trying to pretend he wasn't. By his actions, he helped in the direct violation of Protocol I of the First Geneva Convention.

HorrusThese are th... (Below threshold)
virgo1:

Horrus

These are the results of conventional weaponry and burning fuel! nothing more nothing less.

Does anybody know if napalm... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

Does anybody know if napalm leaves a "white residue"? I wouldn't think that it would; kerosene pretty much leaves no residue when it burns, and I don't think polystyrene does, either.

In regard to Cyberludite's post about the armor on a BMP, I would think that it WOULD leave a white residue (magnesium oxide) when it burns.

Napalm is an area effect we... (Below threshold)

Napalm is an area effect weapon. These photos show directed fire and the effects of that. Napalm (which was not used here) would have left a scorching on the ground area. Remember its basicaly a petroleum gel that spreads. You would not get such tight patterns of effect as is shown in the pictures, you would see entire swaths of burned area, the pictures do not sho w this, and therefor I would conclude no napalm was used, I would also say no WP was used either. White ash could be a result of a multitude of flamable agents.




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