It's no longer news that the Pentagon often lies to us and because I tried hard to keep track of the lies about Iraq, I'm surprised I missed this whopper:
U.S. says militant leader nonexistent
The head of Islamic State of Iraq is an actor playing a character created to make a foreign-led group appear to be Iraqi, officials assert.
July 19, 2007|Tina Susman | Times Staff Writer
BAGHDAD — In March, he was declared captured. In May, he was declared killed, and his purported corpse was displayed on state-run TV. But on Wednesday, Abu Omar Baghdadi, the supposed leader of an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq, was declared nonexistent by U.S. military officials, who said he was a fictional character created to give an Iraqi face to a foreign-run terrorist organization.