Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday.
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.
“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…
So reports MSNBC, among many other news outlets! Great news to start the day with!!!
God be with the Iraqi people, I hope the death of this murderous thug helps bring to bring them peace!
Ok everybody: it’s time for the Snoopy Dance!!!
UPDATE: Here’s the video of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announcing that Zarqawi had been killed:
[I can’t figure out how to post it here but you can view it on my own weblog, Average Gay Joe]
Hear the clapping and cheering by the Iraqi press? So easy to take a shot at the MSM, but I’ll refrain.
Gateway Pundit has a good round-up of links on this, including the Coalition press conference showing the bombs being dropped on Zarqawi’s ‘noggin. Also check out Queer Conservative who links to some “moonbattery reactions” from radical leftists.