Roger L. Simon

The Mesopotamian Rumor Mill

I don’t know what to make of this AP report that continues to flog the rumor that terror master Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is in the custody of the Iraqi government. I’m skeptical, but stranger things have happened.

Iraq’s interior minister on Saturday refused to comment on rumors that the top terror leader in the country had been taken into custody.

“I wouldn’t like to comment for the time being,” Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib said when asked about rumors that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been arrested. “Let’s see. Maybe in the next few days we will make a comment about it.”

Pressing him, a reporter asked, “Does that mean he is in custody?”

“No comment,” the minister repeated.