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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Zarqawi killed by US forces

MSNBC is reporting that al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musaab Al-Zarqawi has been killed by US forces. One of Zarqawi's senior aides, said to be carrying crucial information, was reportedly captured in the same raid that resulted in Zarqawi's death.

NBC's longtime Pentagon reporter Jim Miklaszewski is reporting that according to military officials, a US Special Ops task force had a good fix on Zarqawi's location in an area near Baquba, approximately 40 miles north of Baghdad. Sometime before sundown last night, Special Ops forces, including helicopter gunships, closed in on this location. Initial reports are that Zarqawi was not immediately killed in the operation itself, but died later of wounds suffered in the attack.

Good night, and good riddance.

Update: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki just announced at a news conference that "Today Zarqawi has been terminated."

Good PR move by the US to have the newly-minted Iraqi PM make the official announcement. This needs to be seen for what it is: a victory for Iraq moreso than a victory for the US. As the spin machines crank up, it'll be interesting to see how much credit the US gives to the Iraqis. My bet is on d) a lot.

Blogger Pigilito said...

Let's hope it's true. Let's also hope the bastards turn on each other.


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