This Web site’s
authors are loath to even put photos of this notorious scumbag on its pages –
albeit even in the light in which the life of this murdering asshole is
presented. However, because this man was one of the most notorious murderers of
our time, we feel obligated to rank him among the top ten assholes of the
century with a five-star asshole rating.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was Iraq's most
notorious terrorist / insurgent – a mysterious figure responsible for
spectacular bombings, assassinations, and the brutal beheading of hostages –
until April 8, 2006, when U.S. fighter jets sent a missile into a farmhouse
where he was holed-up, and fortunately left enough of this bag of shit intact,
so that there could be no doubt that he was finally done-away with. The asshole
was betrayed by one of his own, who no doubt was motivated by the twenty-five
million dollar price tag on his head.
Abu Musab al Zarqawi first appeared in
Iraq as the leader of the Tawhid and the Jihad
insurgent group, merging it with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network in
late 2004. Information on al Zarqawi of late, was restricted to what his enemies
and supporters had attributed to him. Many analysts said he had used the Iraqi
insurgency as an opportunity to expand his operations, while others argued that
his influence in the terrorist community had been exaggerated.
The video-taped beheadings of foreign
hostages posted on Islamic Web sites
which made Tawhid and Jihad infamous in 2004, had tapered since the group's
merger with al-Qaeda. Bomb attacks on Iraq's Shia-dominated government and
security forces had continued unabated, with many of the bloodiest attacks of
2005 blamed on Zarqawi's group, which was now called “al-Qaeda” in Iraq.
According to BBC security correspondent
Gordon Corera, al Zarqawi's bloody attacks on the Shias had alienated many Shias
and Shia supporters in the insurgency, including some Sunni Muslims who were
Zarquawi’s strongest backers. A letter released by US forces in 2005, was
supposedly authored by Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and
addressed to al Zarqawi, and appears to support this. In the letter, whose
authenticity still remains in doubt, Zawahiri purportedly cautions Zarqawi that
the indiscriminate attacks on the Shia were undermining support for al-Qaeda.
The BBC correspondent said that Zarqawi was shifting his focus away from Iraq,
and was attempting to exploit his foreign connections in order to export the
The US military claimed to have injured al
Zarqawi in an assault in 2005. A statement released by al-Qaeda appeared to
confirm this, but said that his injuries were minor.
A 'wanted' poster for Zarqawi
There was a $25million bounty on al
Zarqawi’s head. Several men alleged to be key aides of Zarqawi had also been
killed or captured, but this appeared to have had no effect on his group's
ability to operate.
The US was offering a $25million bounty
on Zarqawi's head – Dead or Alive – the same sum they are offering for Bin Laden
himself. The reward was increased in early 2004, after American authorities
intercepted a letter which, they claimed, confirmed he was working with al-Qaeda
to drive the US out of Iraq.
Prior to the Iraq war in
February 2003, US Secretary of State Colin Powell told the United Nations that
Zarqawi was an associate of Osama Bin Laden, and had taken up refuge in Iraq.
Intelligence reports indicated Zarqawi was indeed in Baghdad, and according to
Mr. Powell, this was a certain sign that Saddam Hussein was conspiring with
al-Qaeda, and that this justified a pre-emptive attack on Iraq.
Some analysts at the time contested the
claim that Zarquawi was working with Hussein (who was also alleged to be
supporting Osama bin Laden), pointing to Zarqawi's past rivalry with Osama bin
Laden. Both Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al Zarquawi rose to prominence as
"Afghan Arabs" – leading foreign fighters in the "jihad" against Soviet forces
in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Being a terrorist leader was a far cry from
Zarqawi's youth as a petty criminal in Jordan, remembered by those who knew him
as a simple, barely literate, quick-tempered gangster. However, after Zarquawi
was instrumental in the defeat of the Soviets in Afghanistan, Zarqawi went back
to Jordan with a radical Islamist agenda.
Abu Musab al Zarquawi spent seven years in
Jordan, and was accused of conspiring to overthrow the monarchy and establish an
Ayatollah al-Hakim's death was mourned by
Iraqi Shias. Not long after his release, al Zarquawi fled the country. The
Jordanian court tried him in absentia, found him guilty and sentenced him to
death for plotting attacks on American and Israeli tourists. Western
intelligence sources indicated that al Zarqawi had sought refuge in Europe.
Ayatollah al-Hakim's death was mourned by Iraqi Shias
German security forces later captured a
militant cell which claimed that al Zarqawi was its leader. The captured cell
members told their German interrogators their group was "especially for
Jordanians who did not want to join al-Qaeda". According to the German
intelligence report, this "conflicts with... information" from the United
The next stop on this scum-bag’s itinerary
was his old stamping ground – Afghanistan. He is alleged to have set up a
training camp in the western city of Herat, near the border with Iran. Students
at his camp allegedly became experts in the manufacture and use of poison gases,
and perhaps biological agents as well.
It is during this period that Zarqawi is
thought to have renewed his association with al-Qaeda. He is believed to have
fled to Iraq in 2001 after a US missile strike on his Afghan base. A report that
he lost a leg in the attack had not been verified at the time.
US officials argued that it was at al-Qaeda's request that he moved to Iraq and
established links with Ansar al-Islam – a group of Kurdish Islamists from the
North country. Zarqawi is believed to have remained with them temporarily; for a
while – feeling at home in the mountainous of northern Iraq.
In October 2002, Zarqawi was blamed for
the assassination of US aid Laurence Foley in Amman. Months later, in 2003, he
was named as the mastermind behind a series of lethal bombings from Casablanca
however, he had been most active in Iraq.
An intercepted letter released by American
Intelligence in February 2004, seems to support the claim that targeting the
Shias was al Zarqawi's primary strategy in Iraq. In the letter, Zarqawi appears
to shares his plans for inciting sectarian conflicts in Iraq as a means of
creating chaos, and undermining the US presence there.
Zarqawi claimed to have already undertaken
twenty five successful attacks against the United States forces. Within days of
the letter's release, bomb attacks on recruiting centers for Iraqi security
forces had killed almost a hundred people. Terrorist attacks were, and are a
daily occurrence in Iraq. Whether or not Zarqawi was behind them all, he was
seen by the United States as the most formidable obstacle to hopes of “progress”
in Iraq, and the most dangerous terrorist in the country.
On April 8, 2006
Forces blew al Zarquawi out of a farmhouse in Iraq, ending the miserable life of
one of the biggest towel-head scumbag terrorists of this century. Four days
later, several Iraqi militant Web sites vowed revenge for Zarquawi’s death. The
posted statements said that wide-ranging operations would “shake the enemy” and
“cause them to lose sleep”. One or more of the Web sites claimed that American
troops had retrieved Zarquawi out of the rubble alive, and “stomped on his
chest” killing him. These reports have not been substantiated as of this writing
(April 11, 2006), and are a moot issue, since the bastard is finally with Allah,
drinking wine and ravishing his seventy virgins.