Earlier today, the news came out that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a bombing attack, along with a key lieutenant Sheikh Abd al-Rahman. Here is more from CNN:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A painstaking, weeks-long intelligence operation, acting on tips from Iraqis and his own network, led to the U.S. airstrike that killed "al Qaeda in Iraq" leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the military said Thursday.
The U.S.-led coalition's most wanted man in Iraq was killed Wednesday evening in a U.S. airstrike on a safe house near Baquba, according to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell.
"Last night was the first time that we have had definitive, unquestionable information as to exactly where [al-Zarqawi] was located, knowing that we could strike that target without causing collateral damage to other Iraqi civilians and personnel in the area," Caldwell said.
In addition, Iraqi security and coalition forces conducted 17 simultaneous raids in Baghdad and its outskirts at the time of the attack, Caldwell said.
"A tremendous amount of information and intelligence was collected" from the raids, he said, "and is presently being exploited and utilized for further use. I mean, it was a treasure trove; no question."
This news could not have come at a much better time. With all the negative news and open investigations running about the alleged Haditha massacre, the US forces need all the good news they can get.
To conclude, I'll share a comment I got this morning on my Instant Messenger from one of my friends in Iraq (a Sunni Arab in this case) on how that family and others in the area took the news of Zarqawi's passing:
we had a celebration in the house
we called the relatives and our friends
to tell them
it was just like Eid
i am so glad
he was very bad guy
and did many bad things in the name of Islam
and now he is in HELL
the two woman were his assistors too btw
I couldn't have said it better myself...