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Al-Zarqawi Killed in Iraq Air Raid

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Posted on Jun 8, 2006

The Al Qaeda-linked militant responsible for a string of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings was killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, according to Iraq’s prime minister.


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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.

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.

“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.

Al-Maliki said the air strike was the result of intelligence reports provided to Iraqi security forces by residents in the area, and U.S. forces acted on the information.

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By Me so sowwy, June 11, 2006 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment
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ohhhhhhhh al!~

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By Mace Price, June 9, 2006 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment
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Regardless whether he was shot, stabbed, garroted or blown out a window: he’s dead. I get the idea that Iman al-Zawahiri’s well publicized “Letter in English” along with his video appearance wearing a black Shi’ite turban, was the beginning of the end for Musab al-Zarqawi. Evidently when he said “We don’t need this” he wasn’t kidding. Not to mention the release of his latest propaganda effort was taped before the fact of Zarquawi’s demise. Mean while US casualty figures have gone from 2,480 to 2,486 KIA in the interim. That’s what bothers me.

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By Mother of US Special Forces Soldier, June 9, 2006 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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Bin Laden died longagoandfaraway!

recon lives ON and ON!

shhhhhhh   don’t tell but the Terrorist(S) are ALL in the WHITE HOUSE!


Mother of US Special Forces Soldier
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By Tony Waters, June 8, 2006 at 11:02 pm Link to this comment
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If we take the government’s story at face value, they had a lot of help from inside.  There is considerable speculation that Bin Laden orchestrated the betrayal to rid himself of a loose cannon and rival.  If so, and if the U S really is going to pay some $25 million “for information leading to..,” could it be that the U S Government is about to fund Bin Laden, again?

Did they pay the guy who betrayed Saddam?  Or did they shoot him in the back of the head?  Either way, to quote W, “It’s your money.”

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By Don Fahrney, June 8, 2006 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment
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Another media and white house deception. You drop two 500 pounds bombs on a hide out, no matter the size you wouldn’t find a particle as big as a finger nail, but whe have his whole head in full living, well, full color. What a crock of crap. He’s been dead for who knows how long and the body just now dragged out. And as for Osama Bin Laden, how can he be alive because we would know exactly where he is and could go get him in a heartbeat. All snow jobs to take our mind off of he diaster we’ve caused, not only in Iraq but all over the world.

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By Mother of Special Forces Soldier, June 8, 2006 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment
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TO:  Arch Stanton
so TRUE so TRUE
He died longagoandfaraway….......Special ops love their new balance shoes….........
note:  notice teeth and eyes…....duh

Most Sincerely
Mother of Special Forces Soldier
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By new balance shoes, June 8, 2006 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment
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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi DIED longagoandfaraway.

The NEW ” Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ” depicted in last few years; OUR special ops.

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By GregKentucky, June 8, 2006 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment
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Amazing how in tact he looked after such a horrible weapon of mass destruction bombing, isn’t it?

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By bg1, June 8, 2006 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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Big Deal.  The violence in Iraq is now mostly sectarian.  Al Queida is not and most likely never was a major factor.  The fighting is between insurgents whose only common enemy is the US.  In fact the insurgents don’t seem to like Al Queida that much.

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By Tony Wicher, June 8, 2006 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment
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Zarqawi was such an indiscriminate, bloody butcher that he was an embarrasment even to bin Laden and Zawahiri. It seems to me that we can all be glad he’s gone. The only thing that bugs me was an Fox News interview with Michael Berg, the father of a “contractor” who was publically beheaded by Zarqawi, who is now running for Congress on the Peace and Freedom ticket. He said that any death is a tragedy, and it is a tragedy that Zarqawi’s family must now go through what he had to go through. There’s something about this that just doesn’t quite ring true, which probably why the Peace and Freedom party will never win an election. Zarqawi, who lived by the sword, died by the sword, and there is justice in that. Zarqawi’s death, considered in itself, does make humanity a bit better off, and it really ought to please even Michael Berg a little.

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By Journey Mann, June 8, 2006 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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Does anybody really think they did all the requisite forensic analysis to determine the identity of the target in just five hours?  Come on!  I’m sure the bastard was dead for a while and that this story was conveniently released to squash some other embarrassing news that the White House expects to come out today.  Be sure to read (seek out) all of today’s news vigilant ones.

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By FrikkenKids, June 8, 2006 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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RE comment #11356 “This story is bullshit/psy-ops.”

While I fully understand how incredibly incompetent the US administration has proven itself to be, I have trouble believing they would be that stupid.  If Zarqawi were still alive, he would have been on the tv and radio stations within an hour to prove the infedels are stupid and lying.  To claim he’s dead if he isn’t would incomprehensibly stupid.

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By James, June 8, 2006 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment
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So, al-Zarqawi is dead.  Now the attacks will abate, or will they - that remains to be seen.  His replacement will meet the same fate, if his whereabouts are ever known.  Why don`t they end this maddness and withdraw from Iraq, saving countless lives.

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By JSD, June 8, 2006 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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I doubt that this man’s death will make much difference either for Iraqi quality of life, or for lessening of strife there. I suspect that as long as the Western nations have a military presence there—especially a U.S. presence—there is going to be extreme violence.

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By John Earl, June 8, 2006 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Well, now that the leader of the foreign terrorists has been killed, all that’s left are the Shite militias and Sunni insurgents. The international war on terror in Iraq’s been won! We can withdraw our troops immediately!  It’s really just a civil war now.

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By Arch Stanton, June 8, 2006 at 9:00 am Link to this comment
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This story is bullshit/psy-ops.

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By C Quil, June 8, 2006 at 8:49 am Link to this comment
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Wonder how long they’ve been keeping his body on ice, ready to plant in a bombed-out house at an opportune moment?

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By Dave Raithel, June 8, 2006 at 6:04 am Link to this comment
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His death will change things about as much as Saddam’s capture did.

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By TomChicago, June 8, 2006 at 5:19 am Link to this comment
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While a voice of hatred has been silenced, the faith-based madness will certainly continue since al-Zarqawi is now a martyr, winging his way to Paradise.

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