A U.S. soldier at a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, takes down an older image, to display the latest image purporting to show the body of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, who was killed Wednesday in a U.S. airstrike, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Thursday, June 8, 2006.
ASSociated Press: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi killed in air raid
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings, was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safehouse, officials said Thursday. His death was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.
Al-Zarqawi and several aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed Wednesday evening in a remote area 30 miles from Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, officials said.
“Al-Zarqawi was eliminated,” Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said.
Well done! This is HUGE and POSITIVE.
A SEVERE blow to Al-Qaeda.
This is probably the turning point in the Iraq War.
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An Iraqi soldier flashes a victory sign as he celebrates the death of Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Kerbala, 110 km (70 miles) south of Baghdad June 8, 2006.