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PostThu Jun 08, 2006 5:58 am     Terror Leader Al-Zarqawi Dies in U.S. Air Strike    


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Terror Leader Al-Zarqawi Dies in U.S. Air Strike
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (June Cool - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday, adding his identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a first-hand look at his face. It was a major victory in the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.


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PostThu Jun 08, 2006 6:37 am     University of Haifa Iraq Expert Baram: End of al-Qaida in Ir    


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University of Haifa Iraq Expert Baram: End of al-Qaida in Iraq

HAIFA. June 8, 2006 -"The death of Zarqawi signals the beginning of the end
of the al-Qaida organization and of Sunni rebellion in Iraq."

One of the world's leading experts on Iraq, Prof. Amatzia Baram
of the University of Haifa, made this prediction today after learning of
Zarqawi's death in an American air strike. Zarqawi was the terror
organization's number one man in Iraq and a sworn loyalist to Osama bin
Laden.

According to Baram, who has advised the White House on Iraq, the
ending of the rebellion and the terrorist organizations will still take a
number of years and there will still be heavy casualties. But the end is in
sight.


"The blow that al-Qaida took today is a heavy one, but not
mortal," Baram cautioned, explaining that Zarqawi was mainly a symbol.
"Nevertheless, we are talking about a very import symbol who had great
influence on the insurgents' morale. They received their inspiration from
him," Baram said.

"Organizationally, too, Zarqawi was the most efficient executor
of mass terror attacks, especially against the Shiites, with car bombs and
suicide bombers."

Baram added that the Jordan-born Zarqawi's elimination was also
a blow to the quiet but extensive support that the terrorist had in the
Sunni Muslim world. "I hope," the Iraqi expert said, "that this will lead
to some realism in the Muslim world about the chances of success that terror
will have as a political instrument although it is not at all sure it will."

Director of the recently inaugurated Center for Iran and Gulf
Studies at the University of Haifa, Baram expects bin Laden to use the death
of his most senior man in Iraq as a lever to carry out more terror attacks.
"Zarqawi's death hurts bin Laden, and we can soon see bin Laden describing
Zarqawi as a "Shahid," or martyr. He will try to exploit his memory to
intensify al-Qaida activity.

In Baram's opinion, bin Laden's success will be limited. "Most
actions under al-Qaida's inspiration are carried out by independent cells
that will now, in the wake of Zarqawi's death, need to think very carefully
about the chances of their success. On the one hand, his personal example
will continue to be a source of inspiration. On the other hand, his
elimination will constitute a warning sign for potential terrorists."

As for Jordan's attitude, and that of his family, toward
Zarqawi's death, the University of Haifa scholar thinks the Jordanians will
make every effort to prevent a cult from building up around the Zarqawi
image. "His family informed everyone a number of weeks ago that it was
'vomiting' him out of their system," Baram recalled.

"It is not at all certain, therefore, that a memorial tent will be put up to
mourn his memory," Baram believes. "But in the
event that one is set up, it will serve the extremists in the country."

The Israeli historian stresses that Zarqawi's death will be received
differently in Jordan. There are those who will be happy, because he had
been responsible for many murders of innocent Jordanian citizens. But there
are also those, his radical Islamic followers, who will cry for him and try
to use his memory to increase terror in Jordan, Baram said.



A. M. Goldstein
English Editor
Div. of External Relations
University of Haifa
Tel.: (972-4) 8240104




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PostThu Jun 08, 2006 6:48 am     Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi Terminated (Dead and in hell)    


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BAGHDAD, Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister said Thursday.

Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday evening in a house 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala.

"Today, al-Zarqawi was eliminated," al-Maliki told a news conference, drawing loud applause from reporters as he was flanked by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and U.S. Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

Al-Maliki said the air strike was the result of intelligence reports provided to Iraqi security forces by residents in the area, and U.S. forces acted on the information.

"Those who disrupt the course of life, like Al-Zarqawi, will have a tragic end," he said.

Khalilzad added "the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi is a huge success for Iraq and the international war on terror."

The Jordanian-born militant, who is believed to have personally beheaded at least two American hostages, became Iraq's most wanted militant, as notorious as Usama bin Laden, to whom he swore allegiance in 2004. The United States put a $25 million bounty on his head, the same as bin Laden.

In the past year, he moved his campaign beyond Iraq's borders, claiming to have carried out a Nov. 9, 2005, triple suicide bombing against hotels in Amman, Jordan, that killed 60 people, as well as other attacks in Jordan and even a rocket attack from Lebanon into northern Israel.

U.S. forces and their allies came close to capturing Al-Zarqawi several times since his campaign began in mid-2003.

His closest brush may have come in late 2004. Deputy Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal said Iraqi security forces caught Al-Zarqawi near the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah but then released him because they didn't realize who he was.

In May 2005, Web statements by his group said Al-Zarqawi had been wounded in fighting with Americans and was being treated in a hospital abroad raising speculation over a successor among his lieutenants. But days later, a statement said Al-Zarqawi was fine and had returned to Iraq. There was never any independent confirmation of the reports of his wounding.

U.S. forces believe they just missed capturing Al-Zarqawi in a Feb. 20, 2005 raid in which troops closed in on his vehicle west of Baghdad near the Euphrates River. His driver and another associate were captured and Al-Zarqawi's computer was seized along with pistols and ammunition.

U.S. troops twice launched massive invasions of Fallujah, the stronghold used by Al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters and other insurgents west of Baghdad. An April 2004 offensive left the city still in insurgent hands, but the October 2004 assault wrested it from them. However, Al-Zarqawi if he was in the city escaped.





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