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Zarqawi killed in US airstrike
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, June 08, 2006

This, apparently, isn't one of those false alarms according to news services:
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday, adding that his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a look at his face. It was a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.
While not a particularly large part of the insurgency, foreign fighters are a symbol of the extremest jihad, and Zarqawi has been their face and voice for three years. He has taunted coalition forces with both video and audio releases and has, for all intents and purposes, been the face of al Qaida. And he has seemed invulnerable. His death is a huge psychological victory for Iraq and coalition forces and one of the reasons it was the Iraqi PM who announced his death.

UPDATE: According to CENTCOM, one of Zarqwi's key lieutenants was also killed in the raid, spiritual advisor Sheik Abd-Al-Rahman. This happened June 7, at 6:15 p.m. in an air strike against an identified, isolated safe house. Not so "safe", eh?
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May he burn in 1,000 hells.
Written By: meagain
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You can debate the exact scale of victory here.

But, I’m sure the left will find a way to snatch complete defeat from the jaws of victory over this.
Written By: jpm100
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Darn, I heard that he died from injuries, not the glorious martyrs’ death he so claimed that he would have, darn. : (

May the Lord God have mercy on his soul, since he showed no mercy to others.
Written By: S.Dent
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The left are already pouring water to cool down any enthusiasm...

At Kos via PJM
Daily Kos: “Where is Osama? Where are the batillions of trained Iraqis? Doesn’t matter, we got this guy, right? We wrote a 25 million check as a reward, and get a new headline to bump off Haditha.”
S.Dent - you are right. Everyone should take a moment and pray a bit for his soul.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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I’d bet there are some ranking Qaeda sitting in some ditch/cave/hut that have puckered up a bit upon hearing the great news. It’s only a matter of time.
Written By: markm
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Not just Z and his spiritual advisor, but also two women who were his HQ intelligence branch.

All in all, a very serious blow to AQ in Iraq.
Written By: Ted
Expect a series of attacks this week, as the terrorists have taken to a "use it or loose it" approach when other ranking figures have been captured or killed.

Also there will likely be some in-fighting between possible successors going on in the next few weeks.

Could lead to some interesting headlines as factions start attacking and ratting out each other.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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So it goes. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

The bigger problems in Iraq still remain, and Al Qaeda isn’t dead just because some leaders died, but that’s no reason not to be relieved.

I knew exactly what Kos would say before he said it... what a tool.
Written By: OrneryWP
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"Where are my virgins?"
Written By: looker
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And may he rot in hell....
Written By: shark
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Allah F’ing Akhbar.
Written By: Fyro
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According to the "free press".
It’s sad that within minutes of announcing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death, the network morning shows were already carrying criticism of the Bush administration. Not only did NBC invite Sen. Joe Biden so he could attack Bush incompetence (funny day for that!), ABC’s Bill Weir reminded the audience that Zarqawi beheaded American Nicholas Berg, and then replayed Berg’s left-wing dad saying at the time that he had no desire for his son’s killers to be killed. Weir then reported that he spoke to Berg’s father this morning, and he condemned the Zarqawi killing as part of an endless cycle of retribution.
No need to muck around at DU—just turn on newtwork TV.
Written By: tom scott
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Oh, well if one soldier’s dad didn’t want revenge, then it’s obviously a bad idea.

Written By: OrneryWP
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Video of the strike here, courtesy of Hot Air. (CENTCOM’s site has the original, but it’s overloaded.)
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I’d say bury that piece of filth with a pig...but what did the pig do wrong?
Written By: W
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May Zarqawi’s 72 virgins all look like Yasser Arafat.

Written By: chsw10605
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Boy, he sure failed in his bid to incite Iraqis civil war, didn’t he? Oh well, I guess the press will find someone else to pin their hopes on
Written By: shark
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Even more of a victory for us...

We are "exploiting the attack..."

After the air strikes, CoalitionForces launched 17 raids against terrorist targets in Baghdad "within hours" of identifying Zarqawi, uncovering a "treasure trove" of intelligence information. The targets were previously being exploited to track Zarqawi’s movements. Now the Coalition is pushing rapidly to roll-up the al Qaeda network in Iraq.

And the press is so busy trying to get stories about coalition deaths in Iraq to "balance" the Zarqawi story that they’ve missed it. The announcement of the Ministers of Defense and Interior is being ignored too, or mentioned briefly and "balanced" with references to how long it took. Arguably that’s information significant only to the handful of people outside of Iraq who know what’s going on in Iraq - but it’s huge news.

But back to the 17 (so far) raids. Imagine how many known operators and locations have been watched - even at some cost - in order to make this day happen. Now it’s go time on them, and with intel gained there other dominoes are likely to fall.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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I would like to see his face when he finds out that the 72 virgins are men.
Written By: McQ2
I would like to see his face when he finds out that the 72 virgins are men.
Any chance they could be Jewish men?
Written By: meagain
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I would like to see his face when he finds out that the 72 virgins are men.
And that they all look and talk like Napolean Dynamite. euuuh!
Written By: capt joe
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I suppose we should take a step back and consider we may have made some terrorist associates of his feel bad when we gathered some of the tips and information from them.

Would that make this a hollow victory???
“Tips and intelligence from Iraqi senior leaders from his network led forces to al-Zarqawi and some of his associates who were conducting a meeting approximately eight kilometers north of Baqubah when the air strike was launched,”
Written By: Keith, Indy
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This is unquestionably good news. But this isn’t a damn video game, we didn’t just pass level 3 by killing the Boss. To my mind, the better and more encouraging news is the apparent strength of Al-Malkiki.

To me Zarqawi’s death is largely symbolic, but symbols are important too.
Written By: Pooh
Slather his remains in bacon grease.
Written By: Jordan
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To me Zarqawi’s death is largely symbolic, but symbols are important too.
Which is why I called this a "huge psychologial victory" for Iraq and the coalition.
Written By: McQ
Not only are they men, they’re Virginians.
Written By: looker
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While foreign jihadis only represent a fraction of the total insurgents, I wonder how much percentage of negative media they produce in the media?

It’s a media war in many respects, so taking out some of their top performing units counts for something.

Oh, and I hope the EMT who found him wounded discovered they were all out of morphine, sorry, buddy.
Written By: Harun
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Zarqawis Death *

Special Forces Task Force: $5 million per month
Reward for info: $25 million
1 F16 Fighter: $1.6 million
2 500lb Bombs: $60,000

Democratic Reaction: priceless
Some Democrats, breaking ranks from their leadership, today said the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in Iraq was a stunt to divert attention from an unpopular and hopeless war.
"This is just to cover Bush’s [rear] so he doesn’t have to answer" for Iraqi civilians being killed by the U.S. military and his own sagging poll numbers, said Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat. "Iraq is still a mess — get out."
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, said Zarqawi was a small part of "a growing anti-American insurgency" and that it’s time to get out.
"We’re there for all the wrong reasons," Mr. Kucinich said.
* prices are approximate and may very wildly from reality...
Written By: Keith, Indy
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Have you all lost your minds.......I thought the US was a free country (guess that is nolonger the case), and if someone believes one way, that is their right, but it seems that the US HAS to be ONE sided or else.
But after watching and reading the way people are towards those who disagree with the Pro-War, Pro-Bush crowd, then look out, let the witch burning begin.

Just because Berg did not praise Bush and such, he is instantly condemned and reviled as a traitor, a fool, a terrorist-lover, "less than human," a monster whose son will slap his face in the afterlife. Because he lives his life for mercy, forgiveness, nonviolence; when he should of been pro violence, bluster, ignorance and full of fear, then the american press and people would of held him up as a hero.
All Berg called for was restoration, not revenge, how many should die daily for NOTHING?

By the way
The Washington Post this April revealed that the elevation of Zarqawi’s profile was a deliberate, multimillion-dollar propaganda campaign aimed at the U.S. people to foment the lie that the insurgency was largely an al-Qaida terrorist operation, not a native rebellion against the occupation. As one Pentagon general put it: "The Zarqawi Psy-Op program is the most successful information campaign to date."

Nicholas Berg had been held by U.S. forces for 13 days without any charges or stated reason, missing his scheduled flight home; he was released only after his family filed a lawsuit charging illegal detention. Four days later, he disappeared again

Zarqawi — Before the war, his two-bit terrorist group — operating in the Kurdish-held Iraqi north, where Saddam had no power — was targeted for destruction by U.S. forces. But the White House canceled the strike three times, the Atlantic reports, because it would have interfered with that earlier psy-ops attack on the U.S. people: selling the Iraq invasion. The war-peddlers needed Zarqawi to "prove" the nonexistent link between Saddam and al-Qaida.

Lets end the cycle of violence at last, to say, "Let it end with me, if nowhere else; let it end now, no matter what the provocation; let something new, something more human, some restoration take root in this bloodstained ground"
Written By: john

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