Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi reportedly killed in bombing attack (Confirmed)

FOX News reports that Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was killed in Iraq in an air raid last night. Al-Zarqawi is the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. More information as it comes in.

UPDATE: From Reuters:

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on Thursday that al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed, state television reported.

In Washington, ABC News reported that a U.S. air attack on a Baghdad house has killed Zarqawi. “Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed in Baghdad during a bombing raid,” ABC said.

In a press conference that’s going on right now, they are giving out details, and I shoulda gone to bed several hours ago. What you do to get the scoop.

But is has been confirmed, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was killed in Iraq. General Casey’s giving details about the operation, an air-strike against an isolated safehouse. He also said there will be a full operational brief at 1500 BST.

UPDATE: As you would expect, Milbloggers are taking the news solemnly. For example, Froggy at Black Five:

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is currently backstroking in The Lake of Fire. Good riddance, bitch! Few details at this point, I just caught it on a Fox News Alert at 0030 PST 8 June 2006. Wake up with a smile America, Zarqawi ate a 500lb bomb in Baquba yesterday and this is confirmed.

0049 General Casey is now confirming that Zarqawi is dead and identified by fingerprints and facial recognition. Ding Dong the witch is dead. HOOYAH!!!

Details trickle in, another report from Reuters has more details about what happened:

The al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a joint attack by U.S. helicopters and Iraqi forces, ABC news reported on Thursday.

It said U.S. helicopters hit a house near Baquba, 40 miles north of Baghdad, at 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

“Zarqawi was apparently injured at first… The Americans found him. They handed him over to the Iraqis and he later died of his injuries,” ABC said.

It said seven people were hit in the helicopter attack, including two women, but it was not clear how many were killed or wounded.

Again, more will come to light during the press conference at 1500 BST, which is 0700 EST.

ADDED: From the Pajamas Media link below, Iraq The Model:

CONGRATULATIONS TO IRAQ, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WHOLE WORLD ON THIS VICTORY.

I know it’s already starting, but it’ll be fun (in a Schadenfreude kinda way), to see the anti-war forces spin this (Yes, Sarge, the “where’s Osama” has already started).

UPDATE: If I’m not sleepin’, might as well update, huh? Turns out al Jazeera isn’t convinced this is going to do anything. From the Counterterrorism Blog:

Reacting to the killing of Abu Mus’ab al Zarqawi in Iraq, pro-Jihadi commentators on al Jazeera rushed to assert that the “death of Zarqawi won’t weaken al Qaida but will actually unify the organization.” Abdelbari Atwan, the editor of al Quds al Arabi accused Jordanian and US intelligence of penetrating the inner circles of Zarqawi and were successful in getting to him.” He added that the killing of Zarqawi was coordinated with the appointment of the ministers of defense and interior in Baghdad.

Projecting further terror, Atwan said the “Jihadists will increase their operations in Iraq. For the more the organization is repressed the more it will produce Jihadists.” He stated that in any event, Zarqawi was isolated inside the organization and restrained to military operations.” Other commentators also stated that the near future will show that al Qaida is a movement not a group of supporters to one man.

But Iraqi leaders, including the speaker of the Kurdish Parliament, responded on al Jazeera that “the Iraqi people has memorized the names of all those who were involved in Terror against civilians, and will continue the struggle”

More commentary on the ramifications of this high-dollar target snuffing it from the Counterterrorism Blog forthcoming.

ADDED: Let’s clarify a couple of things. First, Al Zarqawi was the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq. This could rightly be said to be the equivalent of Osama bin Laden. No, it is not Osama bin Laden, but it is an extremely important military victory for Iraq and the Coalition, in that order.

Also, this is not a left/right issue. This is a pro-victory/run-and-hide issue. Bullets do not discriminate on basis of race, gender, handicap, or anything else.

ADDED: Text from White House Communications and video of the air-strike at The Blorg.

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