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MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE - IRAQ"Terminated"
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June 8, 2006
Coalition forces kill Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Multi-National Force-Iraq Commanding General, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., announced the death of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in the following statement during a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad June 8:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Coalition forces killed al-Qaida terrorist leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi and one of his key lieutenants, spiritual advisor Sheik Abd-Al-Rahman, yesterday, June 7, at 6:15 p.m. in an air strike against an identified, isolated safe house.
“Tips and intelligence from Iraqi senior leaders from his network led forces to al-Zarqawi and some of his associates who were conducting a meeting approximately eight kilometers north of Baqubah when the air strike was launched.
“Iraqi police were first on the scene after the air strike, and elements of Multi-National Division - North, arrived shortly thereafter. Coalition forces were able to identify al-Zarqawi by fingerprint verification, facial recognition and known scars.
Al-Zarqawi and al-Qaida in Iraq have conducted terrorist activities against the Iraqi people for years in attempts to undermine the Iraqi national government and Coalition efforts to rebuild and stabilize Iraq . He is known to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iraqis. Al-Zarqawi's death is a significant blow to al-Qaida and another step toward defeating terrorism in Iraq.
“Although the designated leader of al-Qaida in Iraq is now dead, the terrorist organization still poses a threat as its members will continue to try to terrorize the Iraqi people and destabilize their government as it moves toward stability and prosperity. Iraqi forces, supported by the Coalition, will continue to hunt terrorists that threaten the Iraqi people until terrorism is eradicated in Iraq .”
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.Iraq the Model
“Today, al-Zarqawi was terminated,” 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 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.One of the clues that helped locate him was probably the boxes of severed heads discovered in Baquba this week. Small wonder the locals turned him in - but the fact that they did so reveals much about Iraq, where such events are happening more frequently as Iraqi troops "take the lead" and terrorists resort to increasingly heinous actions in response.
Milbloggers in Iraq:
The Will to Exist: "a monster departs the realm of the living."
Those Wacky Iraqis: This jackass is a child murderer, a torturer, a heinous villain who deserved nothing less.
4 Mile Creek: "Not the end, but a damn good thing nonetheless."
Expect lots of news, discussion and updates at MilBlogs through the day.
The headline says it all, I could not have put it better than that.Posted by Sam at June 8, 2006 09:27 AM
"Zarqawi victim's brother: "may he rot in hell"
The brother of Ken Bigley, the engineer beheaded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's group, said the militant leader should rot in hell.
"The man was an animal and he deserved what he got. And may he rot in hell," Paul Bigley told Channel Four television."
What WONDERFUL news to wake up to today!!! Great job Coalition Forces and kudos to the Iraqis who turned the bastard in!
This is a day for all Americans to be proud of their military!!!Posted by Michael in MI at June 8, 2006 10:14 AM
Hands down, the best headline..love it!
Think those bastards would be pissed if we danced in the streets like they did after 9-11?
May he rot chained to Bubba "The Butt Fiend Axe Murderer" in hell.Posted by Laura at June 8, 2006 01:04 PM
My husband called to tell me! I am overjoyed at this news!Posted by JenW at June 8, 2006 01:43 PM
Other great news today...
The USS Cole is heading to the Mid East today after 6 years.
The news just gets better and better.
Two of his top spies, females both, were killed. His spiritual leader and the sheik behind his support (a Wahhabi) was the tag and the rabbit that drew us to Zman, and that idiot is also dead. He was given up through the sheik by an Iraqi confederate who was tired of what was going on. After BDA (battle damage assessment) and intel exploitation of this and previous intel, 17 raids were accomplished in Baghdad which nabbed a "treasure trove" of further intel. The Jordanian intelligence service supported this strike. Oh yeah, we also already know the name and some background on who the next likely AQ in Mesopotamia head will be and if it was announced on international news that you were the next target, wouldn't your ass begin to suck some leather out of your LaZBoy recliner as you reach for the remote to hear what the US says about your numbnuts being next in the laser sight? And lastly, al Qaeda puts out a press release saying "rejoice in the martyrdom of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi". Can we have the next release over the ritual sepuku and immolation of bin Hidin and old Knothead Zawahiri in sympathy to this twit as well? Or is that asking too much?
I love seeing the number of lines elsewhere dedicated to celebration and comparing them to the number throwing cold water on this announcement. You really know who your friends are, and who your enemies are by who celebrates what when an enemy is killed.
PS, Go ahead and speak up Willy. We all know you'll have something profound and important to say.Posted by Subsunk at June 8, 2006 02:19 PM
Look for a couple of really warm days. There was enough of the slime balls sent to the fires of hell to warm the earth's tempature. Put a pig penis up his butt and pig nuts in his mouth and send him on the way.Posted by Scrapiron at June 8, 2006 03:27 PM
Can you just imagine....now he's going to be given 70 Virgins!!!! And he finds out that he was given 70 Rosie O'Donnell's !!!!! Talk about pure hell for all eternity !!!Posted by CHRIS DICKSON at June 8, 2006 06:07 PM
Okay, the titular head of al-Qaeda in Iraq was killed. Beyond the hoo-rah, what does it actually mean given the reports that 90%+ of the insurgency comes from within the country, unconnected to al-Qaeda? Two hours after the U.S. announced the killing, another 30 Iraqis were killed in insurgent kidnappings and bombings.
Or are we just supposed to ignore that, like we're supposed to ignore the fact that marines murdered civilians in Haidtha and elsewhere in Iraq?Posted by WW at June 8, 2006 09:29 PM
Thanks for commenting Willy. You renew my faith in the possibility of perpetual motion. Surely anything as stupid as you that can keep on ticking has to mean there truly is a way to harness all that gas and hot air out there to power the world for the next dozen or so centuries. Now all we need is the technology to do so, just like all good environmentalists say.
Drive on Willy, right off the cliff.
SubsunkPosted by Subsunk at June 8, 2006 09:36 PM
Riddle me this, Batman: What benefit do you predict will be derived from killing the guy, and when?Posted by WW at June 8, 2006 11:01 PM
Well at least it makes you look stupid, now doesn't it?
I'd say that's a benefit and it only took a few hours.
SubsunkPosted by Subsunk at June 8, 2006 11:18 PM
How does the U.S. killing Zarqawi make me "look stupid?" I'm geninely curious as to why you think so. Or was that just the best throwaway line you could come up with?Posted by WW at June 9, 2006 12:45 AM
I'd venture a guess that because it makes you cheer for the terrorists every time something bad happens to Americans, lament success every time Americans win a small victory and that it shows you as the terrorist mouthpiece and idiotic buffoon that you truly are.
And I do have other throwaway lines, but you DO severely tax me in coming up with them. Perhaps it is just because my Mom raised me to be polite and I have to throw away everything she taught me everytime you sit down at your keyboard and write something stupid again?
But I shall endeavor to keep coming up with them as long as you keep making a fool of yourself here. (Nobody's listening to you, ya know)
Nut-scratching, old, drunk, toothless and ugly retired fool, but a helluva lot better citizen than Willy.
Nut-scratching, old, drunk, toothless and ugly retired fool
All this and toothless too?
Holy Polident, Batman, it's a toothless old fool!
Yes, Robin, they exist. He must live in a remote corner of South Dakota, where there is no fluoride in the water.Posted by WW at June 9, 2006 04:58 AM
You know, Subsunk,
Just a 'suggestion': *g*
You really should resist the urge to feed the poor guy every insult he comes back at you with. By now it's blatantly obvious that he has no original thought processes with which to access his OWN material, and I bet you derrive much wicked enjoyment from seeing which one of your misleading descriptives he will cherrypick to hit you with next (he seems to have discovered your oh, so cleverly hidden 'toothless' this time, which you cloaked in the guise of the word 'toothless' - he probably had to search a long time before he saw that golden possibility just lying there, ready to bite him, so to speak. ;-)
It's not nice. Funny as heck - yes. But, not nice. How do you expect him to learn anything on his own if you insist on helping him this way???
he probably had to search a long time before he saw that golden possibility just lying there, ready to bite him
More like gum me, Beth. Do you also wear dentures?Posted by WW at June 9, 2006 05:04 PM
Tsk, tsk, tsk....
Someone much, much smarter than both you and I combined had the right answer to that one:
"you'll never know, will you?"Posted by Beth* A. at June 9, 2006 06:46 PM
Thank God for small favors.Posted by WW at June 9, 2006 06:57 PM
"Thank God for small favors."
Posted by WW at June 9, 2006 06:57 PM
Willy, I thought we were talking about my small threat, not yours. So how do you ever find your dick without a microscope and a pair of tweezers?
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