This can’t be anything but good news: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday.
“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.
Other than al-Zarqawi’s much deserved vaporization another significant item in this report is the source of the intelligence that aided this operation.
With increasing frequency the local population has been providing information that has assisted both U.S. and Iraqi military forces track down the ihadist cut throats. And that seems to be the case here. The residents in the area of the safe house hit ratted out al-Zarqawi and 7 of his cohorts.
A job well done for Task Force 145, the Iraq people and Iraqi security forces.
I wonder… if Michael Berg, father of Nick Berg who was so horribly beheaded by al-Zarqawi will be applauding this development? Somehow I beleve, all things considered, he won’t be.
And BTW, I hope al-Zarqawi’s virgins are a hybrid between Oprah, Tammy Faye Baker and Rosie!