Incentives apparently matter. See Betsy's Page: Al Qaeda is sounding rather desperate.
Since Zarqawi's death, Al Qaeda seems to be having some recruiting worries.Read it all. It is difficult to make stuff like this up.
The main press, on the other hand, is already preparing the latest atrocity story.
But the quality of the evidence is less important than the seriousness of the allegation, isn't it, CBS?
An Iraqi man who was one of the first people on the scene of the U.S. airstrike targeting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said he saw American troops beating a man who had a beard like the al Qaeda leader.
The witness, who lives near the house where al-Zarqawi spent his last days, said he saw the man lying on the ground near an irrigation canal. He was badly wounded but still alive, the man told Associated Press Television News.
U.S. troops arriving on the scene wrapped the man's head in an Arab robe and began beating him, said the local man, who refused to give his name or show his face to the camera. His account could not be independently verified.