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May 05, 2006

US seizes on Zarqawi out-takes

And in the "This will only piss him off more" department...

Link: BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | US seizes on Zarqawi out-takes.

Later a subordinate grabs the machine gun - but drops it as the scalding barrel burns his hand.

The US has pounced on the clips in a bid to undermine the impact of Zarqawi's original video message, believed to have been his first.

"We have a warrior leader, Zarqawi, who doesn't understand how to operate his weapon system and has to rely on his subordinates to clear a weapon stoppage," said Maj Gen Rick Lynch, spokesman for the US military, who presented the clips to the media on Thursday.

"His close associates... do things like grab the hot barrel of the machine gun and burn themselves.

"Makes you wonder," said Gen Lynch.

Posted at 4:48 AM


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