As the needle bends

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Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Killed in Air Strike near Bagdad

This is the news I heard on awakening this morning. First on Fox News, then confirmed at Middle East news sites, such as Al Bawaba

Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday on Thursday announced the killing of al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi may had been killed late Wednesday during an American airstrike north of Baghdad. Al-Maliki added al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides.

“What happened … is the result of collaboration from people who facilitated the operation conducted by Iraqi police and multinational forces,” Maliki told reporters.

“This is a message to those who choose the path of violence to change their direction before it is too late. I thank our forces, our police and the multinational forces for what they are doing in pursuing the terrorists.”

Also confirmed at the Houston Chronicle:

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air raid north of
Baghdad – a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror. Iraq’s prime minister and U.S. officials said his identity was confirmed
by fingerprints and a first-hand look at his face.

While I find it hard to rejoice in the death of any person, I truly hope that this represents a crack in the armor of the insurgency, there in Iraq, and that as the terror events al Zarqawi had already planned pass, the sectarian Sunni versus Shiite violence, especially against innocent citizens of Iraq, will start to be reduced. One of the first comments I heard on the news was that there is pretty strong evidence that someone in al Zarqawi’s camp dropped a dime on him, as perhaps they are losing their stomach for the needless violence against the people of Iraq. Of couse, there will be those who say his death makes him a martyr, and Nicholas Berg’s father was on Fox News being interviewed by phone, with nothing positive to say. But I also saw video tape of Iraqi policemen dancing in the streets, and the moment of shocked disbelief when Prime Minister al-Maliki announced the news followed by thunderous applause. So I will just say this: Please, God, let the violence continue to decrease – let it be true that the people who have been fomenting the attacks, apparently designed to turn Iraqi brother against brother, are as sickened by this type of violence as we are.

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June 8, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings

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