As Talksmack reported early this morning, Abu Musab al Zarqawi was killed in an airstrike on his safehouse in Baquba 40 miles north of Baghdad.
President Bush is expected to comment on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death at 7:30 am ET.
Update: Here are some of President Bush’s comments:
“At 6:15 Baghdad time special operation forces acting on tips and intelligence from Iraqis confirmed Zarqawi’s location and delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq.”
“Zarqawi was operational commander of the terrorist movement in Iraq. He led a campaign of car bombings, assassinations, and suicide attacks that has taken the lives of many American forces and thousands of innocent Iraqis.”
“Zarqawi personally beheaded American hostages and other civilians in Iraq. He masterminded the destruction of United Nation Headquarters in Baghdad. He was responsible for the assassination of an American diplomat in Jordan, the bombing of a hotel in Amman. Through his every action, he sought to defeat american and our coalition partners and turn Iraq into a safe haven from which al Qaeda could wage its war on free nations. To achieve these ends he worked to divide Iraqis and incite civil war.”
“Now Zarqawi has met his end, and this violent man will never murder again. Iraqis can be justly proud of their new government and its early steps to improve their security. And Americans can be enormously proud of the men and women of the armed forces who worked tirelessly with their Iraqi counterparts to track down this brutal terrorist and to put him out of business.”
“On behalf of all Americans I congratulate our troops in this remarkable acheivement. Zarqawi is dead.”
Update: Tony Blair’s comments:
“The death of al Zarqawi is a strike against al Qaeda in Iraq and, therefore, a strike against al Qaeda everywhere. But we should have no illusions. We know that they will continue to kill. We know there are many, many obstacles to overcome. But they also know that our determination to defeat them is total.”