Thursday, June 08, 2006

Al Zarqawi Killed in Air Raid

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- 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." Full Story

I can't seem to get worked up on this. Not a sad bone in my body. The guy killed 700 people+.

This isn't the first time he's been "killed," but this time people on hand are claiming fingerprints and face ID. Is this a "major win" in the war on terror as AP suggests? I'm not sure, but I am wondering about "Humint." It takes sources close to the guy to pin him down for a precision strike.

One has to wonder if maybe the welcome mat is wearing thin for the insurgency. If so, one has to wonder what the long term implications are. AND, if the tide is turning, what implication does this have for Iran? To this point, they've had free reign in Iraq on many fronts, specifically because of the instability caused by Zarqawi.

We'll see.

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