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According to Fox, We're Close (Again) to Getting Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi

Reported by Melanie - June 16, 2004 -

It looks like Fox (and the Bush administration) is reviving coverage of the hunt for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as a way to divert attention from all the bad news coming out of Iraq and the 9-11 Commission.

In roughly mid-March of this year, the US reported it was within inches of capturing alleged Al Qaeda mastermind, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi in the mountains along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Back then, Fox brought up the imminent capture several times an hour for approximately ten days, even, if I recall correctly, sending Geraldo Rivera to Pakistan to cover the hunt.

It looks like that cat and mouse game's being revived again as Bret Baier reports at the top of Your World w/Neil Cavuto, that "US forces could be closing in on Al Zarqawi" and that "US marines have just stepped up patrols in Fallujah," where Al Zarqawi's thought to be hiding.

COMMENT: We'll see over time how this plays out. This could be an isolated story or it could begin to get more prominent coverage. Check back in a month or two to find out the status of Mr. Al-Zarqawi. If Mr. Baier's to be believed, this'll be old news by then and Mr. Al-Zarqawi will be long disposed of. Course, Baier sounded that way back in March too.

Al-Zarqawi's capture would be a real notch in Mr. Bush's bedpost so with the election looming, this is a great story to emphasize! (Note whether you see this covered in other news programs.)