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US Special Forces Kill Top Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Zarqawi

Posted by Admin on June 8, 2006

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - AP PhotographAbu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed along with 7 of his aides (FoxNews). He was in Baquba, Iraq when a land operation with air support was carried out by United States Special Forces, along with the US and Jordanian intelligence communities. al-Zarqawi was reportedly presiding over a meeting when they arrived. His death reportedly occurred at around 7pm local Iraq time, June 7, 2006.

A high ranking Jordanian official reportedly told the Daily Star;

"He died 10 minutes after the operation, along with eight to 10 of his partisans,"

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced al-Zarqawi's death on Iraq television and around the world at a press conference also attended by US top commander in Iraq General George Casey. During the press conference Prime Minister Maliki had this to say;

"This is a message to those who choose the path of violence to change their direction before it is too late. I thank our forces, our police and the multinational forces for what they are doing in pursuing the terrorists."

– "Zarqawi killed in joint US-Jordanian operation"
The Daily Star – June 8, 2006 – by Agence French Presse (AFP)

CNN has a sampling of quotes from around the world following al-Zarqawi's death. Here are a few of the quotes from the article "World Reacts to al-Zarqawi death";

Zarqawi's death marks a "great success", he said, but cautioned that it will not end violence in the country.

– Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

"We will continue confronting whoever follows his path. It is an open war between us."

– Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

"This is a very important victory for the people of Iraq. He was the evil of terrorism. He was responsible for the deaths of many people in Iraq. Having him killed is a very important achievement for us. We are strongly determined to root out the remaining al Qaeda people. (…)"

– Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih

In related news, the Herald Sun is reporting that oil has fallen 1.7 percent to below $70US per barrel for the first time in 2 weeks following reports of Zarqawi's death.

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