"Zarqawi was alive when U.S. forces arrived on the site," Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said in a satellite interview from Iraq. "The Iraqi police arrived first, they found him in the rubble, put him on a gurney of some type."
Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said Zarqawi tried to roll off the gurney to escape once he became aware of the fact that he was being taken into custody by coalition troops Wednesday night after two 500-pound precision guided bombs blew up his safehouse near Baqouba.
U.S. forces immediately identified him as Zarqawi but were unable to interrogate him because he died "shortly after" being pulled from the rubble, Caldwell said.
So. First, he's awakened to the sound of a JDAM crashing through the ceiling. Then he lingers in agony for an indeterminate period time. Then he sees the avenging forces of justice coming for him, falls into a paroxysm of animal fright, and expires like the evil slithering filth he is. Was.
That's a rare case of cosmic justice. Nice shootin', tex!