I heard the news today that we got Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He is dead. What follows is what I’ve heard on Fox News. The Iraqi Prime Minister and Gen. Casey held a news conference, announcing this development. The crowd of journalists in attendance cheered at the news.
Apparently some of Zarqawi’s own aides gave tips to his location to the U.S. military. He was located in a safe house in Baqouba. They hit him with a bomb airstrike, and also killed
7 of the 6 aides who were with him.
Leading up to this event for a few weeks, the U.S. military was capturing many of Zarqawi’s aides. It happened on almost a daily basis. Apparently he had many of them.
There are some who are cautiously optimistic about this development. They think this is only a temporary victory, and that someone else within his organization will eventually take leadership and start the carnage again. A terrorism expert I listened to on the broadcast had a different perspective. He said that those who worked with Zarqawi are realizing that the Iraqi people by and large didn’t like what Zarqawi was doing, and were not joining in his cause. In any case, he said, the demise of the figurehead of Al Qaeda in Iraq is very demoralizing to the insurgents. This may have been the final straw for his organization.
The problem remains now to calm the sectarian violence which Zarqawi helped start.