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Old 06-08-2006, 03:10 AM   #1
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MSNBC reports Al-Zarqawi killed in Iraq

Looking for a link.

Still can't find a link, but it's on TV.
US Military reports it to NBC news.
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Strategy page had this up recently
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June 7, 2006: The relationship between terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi and and the mainline al Qaeda leadership continues to deteriorate. Zarqawi's recent audio messages have not only attacked the U.S. and the Shia-dominated government in Iraq, but also Iran. He's even claiming that the U.S., Iran, and Shia in general, are in cahoots to destroy Islam. He has also called for continued attacks against Shia.



Except for his verbal attacks on the U.S. and the Iraqi government, he is almost totally distanced himself from the central leadership. Other al Qaeda leaders have been trying to down play anti-Iranian and anti-Shia rhetoric, and have been strongly discouraging attacks on civilians.



Given that Zarqawi has become a loose cannon and that his actions are handicapping Al Qaeda's efforts, it seems reasonable to expect that an accident may befall him at some point in the near future. If handled right it can be made to look like he went out in a blaze of glory fighting American troops or that he was foully murdered. Either way, al Qaeda gets rid of a problem and gains another "martyr."
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But it is worthwhile to recognise that a) that is speculation and b) the actual story will probably turn out false - there have been too many "near misses". Zarqawi's death would not end ethnic tensions or stop the terrorism being inflicted upon innocent people.
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Whatever the case, glad the fucker is gone.

The reports say that it was US Special Forces. (edit*)
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Strategy page had this up recentlylink

But it is worthwhile to recognise that a) that is speculation and b) the actual story will probably turn out false - there have been too many "near misses". Zarqawi's death would not end ethnic tensions or stop the terrorism being inflicted upon innocent people.
Well, I am looking for a printed confirmation but NBC News is going full head with the reports.

And I agree it doesn't end anything, but figuratively it's a good blow to the insurgency, if only a superficial blow.
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Huge bombing and Zarqawi don't instill me with confidence, unless they have positive identification on a body or enough body pieces.

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Zarqawi was confirmed to have been killed by a bombing raid by a US Task force on June 08, 2006. The task force had been hunting him for some time and he had eluded them on many occasions, in some close calls. The bombing raid on July 08, 2006, apparently occured at a building in Baghdad where US Intelligence had recieved credible information that Zarqawi was located, along with his spirtual advisor, who was also reportedly killed.
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I'm hearing it too.

But I doubt it will stop much if anything.
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Huge bombing and Zarqawi don't instill me with confidence, unless they have positive identification on a body or enough body pieces.

Found a wikipedia bit
I understand, it's just NBC is saying "US Officials tell NBC News...."
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Iraq PM tells CNN they will make announcement.....


Iraqi PM confirmed it to Fox News.
Press Conference shortly.
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on CNN and NBC in L.A. broke into Conan O'Brien for "breaking news"

From CNN:
Terror leader al-Zarqawi dead, Iraqi officials say
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted insurgent in Iraq, is dead, an aide to Iraq's prime minister said today. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was expected to make a public announcement of the death, the details of which are unclear. Two Pentagon officials told CNN that the government is awaiting al-Maliki's announcement in Baghdad before commenting on the report officially.

Reports said they identified him by fingerprints, as well as physical recognition. May have also killed one of his lieutenants...
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omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe the son of a bitch is gone!!!

Way to go Allies!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

*HUGE hi-5 to Pres. Bush and the allied forces*
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wow they actually got someone? Not that it'll change all that much with the situation, but I have to admit I'm sorta glad the fucker's dead.

yeah I'm not too compassionate...but I'm working on it.*



*technically, this is a lie
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It does seem some of the people in the firing line of that murderer are pleased with his demise
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has just announced the death of terror leader Abu Musa'ab al-Zarqawi in a joint press conference with Ambassador Khalil Zad.

Al-Maliki explained that Zarqawi (and 7 of his aides) was killed in an air raid in the little town of Hibhib 8 km north of Baquba after receiving tips from residents in the area.

General Casey says more details on the operation will be available in a briefing at 3 pm local time. General Casey mentioned that Zarqawi's identity was confirmed through his fingerprints.


CONGRATULATIONS TO IRAQ, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WHOLE WORLD ON THIS VICTORY.
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I wonder if Juba will try and seize the spotlight now.
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I wonder if any anti-war activists will attend his funeral....
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excuse my ignorance but is this the man that fronts one of the terrorist groups that have kidnapped and executed people and then sent the tapes of the killings out?

was it him that killed the English woman who had lived in Iraq for about 25 years running a charity looking after iraqi children?

good riddance but i am sure there are many to take his place as the country spirals into self destruction.
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