" A medic spent about 20 minutes trying to save Abu Musab al-Zarqawi even as blood ran from the terrorist's mouth after the airstrike that mortally wounded him, the U.S. military said Monday... U.S. officials previously had said al-Zarqawi mumbled and tried to roll off a stretcher before dying at the bombed house outside Baqouba, about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad...jeebus. not even the AP believes them now.
U.S. forces arrived about 28 minutes after the 6:12 p.m. airstrike Wednesday and a coalition medic began treating al-Zarqawi, who was having difficulty breathing. The terror leader died at 7:04 p.m...
The military has promised to release a more detailed timeline of events in the next few days.
A senior Iraqi official said Sunday that U.S. troops may have arrived at the safehouse as much as an hour after the attack -- far longer than the 28 minutes Caldwell said it took them to get there.
Iraqi National Security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie told CNN the Iraqi police reached the house first. He said coalition forces arrived after ''an hour or so.''
* meanwhile, the AP is simultaneously reporting:
"Lt. Col. Thomas Fisher of the 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Cavalry said his men showed up at the site about five minutes after the blast and cordoned it off."* and there was this in the NYT june 10:
"In Hibhib, Lt. Col. Thomas Fisher, in charge of a group of American soldiers patrolling the overall area, said he was ordered late Wednesday to get his men as quickly as possible to the site, what was described as a "time sensitive target." His earliest soldiers got there 90 minutes after the airstrike; an American commando team had already come and gone."in the world of Truthiness, you get to choose which version of the story you like - so take your pick
a) 5 mins
b) 28 mins
c) an hour
d) 90 mins
e) all of the above
(NB: there is no right answer - just choose whichever you prefer)