Thursday, June 8, 2006; Posted: 4:01 a.m. EDT (08:01 GMT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted terrorist in Iraq, is dead, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Thursday.
"Today Zarqawi has been killed," al-Maliki said. The announcement was greeted by cheers.
The announcement -- made at a news conference -- did not provide details on how the infamous militant was killed. An aide to the prime minister told CNN that the prime minister confirmed that al-Zarqawi has been killed.
State TV said al-Zarqawi apparently died near the city of Baquba, a volatile area northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, a mixed Shiite-Sunni jurisdiction.
Boom! It looks like Zarqawi was nailed by an air strike last night. The latest news as of this hour is that the pentagon has confirmed the death, though I imagine to make certain, it'll take a few days for DNA tests to come back. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. My only lament in this whole thing is that he wasn't taken alive so someone could have wired a car battery to his genitals for a while. It was certainly a much quicker and merciful death than he deserved. I hope he's off burning in hell.
I thought it was sorta nice that the US let the Iraqi government announce the death. God knows that Zarqawi's band of butchers have been mostly targeting Iraqis lately rather than coalition forces. They're the ones who end up gaining the most now that he's worm food. You almost wish that they could parade his corpse around like a puppet on strings and have it dance through the streets. I think it's time for some good old fashioned taunting and ridicule.