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Hoist By His Own Petard

Almost literally:

Iraqi security sources said a lieutenant of Al Qaida network chief Abu Ayoub Al Masri was found killed in a car on its way to an insurgency strike. The sources said a bomb inside the car blew up prematurely and killed the lieutenant and three other Al Qaida operatives.

Don't you just hate when that happens? No virgins for them.

Posted by Rand Simberg at June 22, 2006 02:55 PM
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And we have the audio of this instance:

Posted by Bruce at June 22, 2006 03:45 PM

I feel so sorry for them. All they did was try to remove our imperialist foot from the necks of the Iraqi people, the morons.

Posted by Steve at June 22, 2006 04:51 PM

Maybe an accident, maybe the NSA got the number of the cell phone they were using as a trigger. We'll never know.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at June 22, 2006 04:52 PM

Nah, had to be a call from a telemarketer.

Posted by Rich at June 22, 2006 06:35 PM

It's doubtful that the accident was anything but. After all, the US does have far more reliable ways of taking out members of Al Qaeda. I bet on static electricity and/or someone doing something that required a work environment far less bumpy than a moving car.

Posted by Karl Hallowell at June 22, 2006 07:24 PM

I think that "hoist by his own petard" has become so commonly used, that it deserves a single word description. On AoSHQ, I suggested "petarded" as the reasonable single word replacement for a full phrase.

Anyone else agree? Also, I think that "petarded" ROCKS! cuz it has an offensive sound to it while describing the basic phrase it is replacing.

Just a suggestion, that I hope becomes a movement. I hope that "hoisted up by (pronoun) petard" becomes "petarded." Just cuz I thought it up, and also cuz it rocks.

Posted by Wickedpinto at June 22, 2006 09:24 PM

I bet on static electricity and/or someone doing something that required a work environment far less bumpy than a moving car.

You think they were getting circumcized?

Posted by lmg at June 23, 2006 05:07 AM

You think they were getting circumcized?

No, I'm sure it was a surprise.

There's no evidence they were tipped off.

Posted by Paul Dietz at June 23, 2006 06:38 AM

Not even virgins that look like Helen Thomas?

Posted by Astrosmith at June 23, 2006 08:06 AM

You think they were getting circumcized?

Circumcision with explosives? I suppose that's one way to do it.

Posted by Karl Hallowell at June 23, 2006 10:38 AM

You think they were getting circumcized?

I'd say it was more like 'premature detonation', cause someone definitely got screwed.


Posted by Stephen Kohls at June 23, 2006 01:25 PM

I think Pookie was trying to dial his dealer and of course dialed a wrong number.



Posted by The Machine at June 25, 2006 08:01 PM

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