We got him.
Via AP: 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 raid north of Baghdad – a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror. Iraq’s prime minister and U.S. officials said his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a first-hand look at his face.
The announcement came six days after the Jordanian-born terror leader appeared in a videotape, railing against Shiites in Iraq and saying militias are raping women and killing Sunnis and the community must fight back.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday evening in a house 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, al-Maliki said.
"Today, al-Zarqawi was eliminated," al-Maliki told a news conference, drawing loud applause from reporters as he was flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.
Let’s hope that the death of Zarqawi brings some kind of closure in the lives of the families of the victims who were murdered by the terrorist thug.
…and many, many more.
Meanwhile, the MSM is downplaying the Zarqawi hit, as expected. They’re going on and on about how this will do nothing to quell the terrorist strikes in Iraq. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is already looking forward finding out who will take Zarqawi’s place. And just now, she’s interviewing a guy who talking about Zarqawi like he’s some kind of terrorist rock star who won’t be easily replaced. Shameless.
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