Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi DEAD!! Terminated!!
( approx: 20 hours ago this air strike occurred)
Via Breitbart: President Bush Congratulates Troops
AP: BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages, has been killed in a precision airstrike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. It was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.
Al-Zarqawi and seven aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed Wednesday evening in a remote area 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, officials said.
Fox News: BAGHDAD, Iraq — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda in Iraq leader who led a brutal insurgency that included homicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings, was killed in an airstrike on a building north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials announced Thursday.
Officials said the terror leader's identity was confirmed by fingerprints, facial recognition, and known scars.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday evening at around 6:15 p.m. local time in a bombing raid on a building in a remote area 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province.
Loud applause broke out as Al-Maliki, flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, the top commander in Iraq, made the announcement at a news conference in Baghdad Thursday that al-Zarqawi was "terminated."
U.S. President George W. Bush said al-Zarqawi's death "is a severe blow to Al Qaeda and it is a significant victory in the war on terror."
"We killed him, and it's always great when you can remove someone that has caused this much harm," said Maj. Frank Garcia, public affairs officer for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. "We're one step closer to providing stability to the region."
Bush: 'Zarqawi Has Met His End'
Sky News: British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke this morning too.
Major General Bill Caldwell: "The days of Zarqawi is over"
Iraq dances with Glee!!!
Via Reuters AL-Qaeda's Zarqawi killed!!
About 3:30 a.m. Confirmation was made after reviewing finger prints, tatoos, etc.
Via BBC: Bush hails Zarqawi death in Iraq
The White House - Statement by the President
Washington Post: Insurgent Leader Al-Zarqawi Killed in Iraq
AP: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in air raid
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