No Thought Given to Taking Zarqawi Alive

Jun 8, 2006 12:13pm

U.S. military officials gave no thought to capturing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi alive, U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad tells ABC News. Khalilzad says he was informed yesterday by General George Casey that the military was getting close to al-Zarqawi and that there was no plan to move in troops for a possible capture. "That was not brought up," he said "The only means that could be applied in a timely fashion was the attack by air power and that was decided by General Casey as the right thing to do." U.S. jet fighters dropped two 500 pound bombs on a house in a field about five miles north of Baqubah. The strike took place at 6:15 p.m. Baghdad time, 10:15 am. in Washington, D.C.  Initial reports that al-Zarqawi had survived the attack, with severe injuries, were later denied by U.S. officials. They said al-Zarqawi was killed outright in the bombing.

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