Thursday, June 08, 2006

BBC NEWS: Zarqawi killed in Iraq air raid

BBC NEWS reports on the apparent death of the Sunni insurgency leader--now what?: "Militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has announced.

'We have eliminated Zarqawi,' Mr Maliki said at a news conference, sparking sustained applause. The US said he was killed in an air raid near Baquba.

The Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq was considered the figurehead of the Sunni insurgency.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq has been blamed for hundreds of bombings that have killed thousands of Shias and US forces.

Analysts warned that his death did not mean the insurgency in Iraq would subside - and that there might even be an explosion of revenge by his followers."


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