Mr Maliki said intelligence from Iraqi people had helped track down Zarqawi, who had a $25m (£13m) price on his head – the same bounty as that offered by the US for Bin Laden.
Jordanian intelligence reportedly assisted the US-led operationZarqawi traced to isolated safe house approximately 8km north of Baquba, north east of BaghdadUS aircraft launched air strike at about 1815. The militant leader was reportedly holding a meeting with associates, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abd-al-RahmanSeveral others reportedly killed in raidIraqi police were first on the scene, followed by troops from the Multi-National Division NorthZarqawi’s identity confirmed by fingerprints, facial recognition and known scars
And no Saddam-like trial for him.
Equally as important, The Iraqi parliament has approved Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s nominees for the key government posts of defence and interior ministers.
Pajamas Media‘s Richard Fernandez interviews Omar of Iraq The Model.
Update: Even better
Zarqawi’s death allowed coalition forces to go after his network – those people who had been used to establish his movements, patterns and habits, Gen Caldwell said.
Coalition and Iraqi forces moved quickly, conducting 17 simultaneous raids in and around Baghdad within hours of Zarqawi’s death.
“And in those 17 raids last night a tremendous amount of information and intelligence was collected. It is presently being exploited and utilised for further use. I mean it was a treasure trove, no question,” the general said.
Meanwhile, a most important post on the Haditha investigation: Dan Riehl has a point-by-point review of Haditha Media Errors Exposed.
Today’s articles from Maria
Wallowing in Haditha. Rich Lowry should read Dan’s post.
There is simply no way for Mexico to avoid an existential crisis if it does not fundamentally and urgently reform its ossified socio-economic system and put the country on the road to sustained economic development. Sitting back and clipping oil and remittances coupons won’t do it—unless, of course, its venal elites come to believe that they can shove their elderly population north of the border tomorrow, just like they’re doing with their young today.
In a lighter mode,
What Netflix Could Teach Hollywood
And a book review
Dr. Sowell reviews Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies, while asking,Who Cares About Facts Any More?