The end of Zarqawi

Pictorial evidence of a dead ZarqawiSo Zarqawi is dead. Good riddance. To all the skeptics out there, it seems that Zarqawi wasn’t a "US invention" or a "creation by Jordanian intelligence" after all! What will the conspiracy theorists say now? "We need proof!" "We want to see the corpse." [There’s now pictorial evidence] Frankly, I would have preferred seeing him captured and then put to justice so that everyone could see how sinister this man was and that he really existed, inflicting terror upon millions and millions of people.

David Igantius wrote in the Washington Post in November of last year that Jordan was determined to capture or kill Zarqawi following the terrorist attacks on the kingdom.

A senior official told me that Jordan is considering aggressive new anti-terrorism operations that will seek to capture or kill Abu Musab Zarqawi and his top lieutenants. When I asked King Abdullah about the campaign, he explained, "Zarqawi brought the war to our doorstep, and there’s a feeling in Jordan that we’d like to bring him to justice."

Well, they were true to their word as:

A Jordanian official said Jordan also provided the U.S. military with information that helped in tracking al-Zarqawi down. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was addressing intelligence issues, would not elaborate, but Jordan is known to have intelligence agents operating in Iraq to hunt down Islamic militants. Source: [MSNBC]

Today is a good day for humankind!

Update: Zarqawi’s relatives are now calling him a martyr. Yeah, whatever! I hope he enjoys a prime place in hell as a slave to the devil himself. What’s wrong with these people, really! Were they not the very same ones who declared that they disowned him following the terror attacks in Jordan last November.

Update 2: According to Aljazeera (Arabic), Al-Qaeda in Iraq has confirmed Zarqawi’s death.

29 thoughts on “The end of Zarqawi”

  1. I just knew you’d be all over this wonderful breaking news this moring. It’s truly a great day for the world! Hopefully OBL is next.

  2. The following comments do make you wonder how short these family members’ memory actually are. They are heaping praise on their own — at the very least their nation’s — aggressor:p>

    In the bleak Jordanian city where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi grew up, shocked relatives mourned the al-Qaida in Iraq leader’s death as a loss to Islam and prayed for 1,000 “Zarqawis” to fight the Americans in his place.

    “This is a tragedy. We are all sad here,” said al-Zarqawi’s uncle, Yazm Khalayleh, 64. “We have to be sad because he was fighting the infidels. Anyone who says he is not sad is lying; people believe he is a martyr. We do not want to believe that he is dead.” “God willing there will be 1,000 Zarqawis to fight the Americans,” another relative, Ahmed Khalayleh, told Reuters. Source: [MSNBC]

  3. Congratulations, No more zargawi but I really wish I can see his body not to verify or to make sure it’s him but to piss on his bloody face.

  4. Zarqawi’s relatives are now calling him a martyr. Yeah, whatever! I hope he enjoys a prime place in hell as a slave to the devil himself. What’s wrong with these people, really! Were they not the very same ones who declared that they disowned him following the terror attacks in Jordan last November.

    Yes, and they also swore loyalty to the King (as if not being loyal to the King was somehow a legitimate honest option). Now you know what their word and their loyalty are worth.

    Zarqawi was a terrorist and a traitor. His family are apparently traitors too, if only in word.

  5. I am interested to know whether the happy post-ers (present company included) would be as happy if the guy was only captured. Natasha had mentioned that she would have been happier if he were only captured. I might be going off on a limb here but I don’t think all would be as happy if he didnt die. You cant but admit that part of you is happy he died for the sole fact that you got some closure on the whole Z ordeal (the general ‘you’ here). I am not saying that he should live, the guy bombed a hotel owned by my family and managed to kill a cousin in the porcess, so I am ok with the outcome. However, there is something to be said here about the duality of man, and I call it duality knowing that those who wish to counter my post will call it hypocrisy. Just to be clear, my duality is such that I have never been happy over a person’s death, but here I am, relieved and almost smiling. Its a dangerous road to tread, for it is a common trait with the extremists we so condemn.

  6. Surely the closure is worth a great deal. As you can see from many of Natasha’s posts and that of many other Jordanians, the whole “Jordanian-born” situation was really problematic. I think, however, that it would have been good to have captured him alive. No one can say with absolute certitude what awaits him in the next life, if that’s your bag o’ tricks. But you could have assured him some hell on earth. Getting killed by a bomb from above was likely the easier way out, compared with time spent in trial, then in prison, then execution. It seems like having him speak about all of this in court, owning up to what he did and did not do, would also silence some of those that regard him as stooge. I’m not a real big supporter of the death penalty. It seems merited in some cases, such as this one. But to basically have it without trial as was the case here seems to me to have let him off a bit too easily. It was inevitable that he’d be called “martyr” if he went out that way. The Zacarias Moussaoui case in the US was an interesting test of this situation. You got the feeling through the whole of that trial that Moussaoui wanted to be killed, knowing he’d be thought a martyr. When he wasn’t, he suddenly recanted all his talk about Al Qaeda and his role. You saw the weakness of the man, his resolve and perhaps the movement. It would’ve been good to have that here. But it’s a bit nasty to talk of the best way of killing a man so, I suppose, in the end he’s gone either way. Khalas, good riddance.

  7. “conspiracy theorists”

    You mean the type that goes around making things up about americans invading iraq and jews invading palestine and arab dictators being protected by the CIA? is that the crazy kind of people you are refering too?

  8. This is great news. But this is only a battle won in this war on terror. Does this mean things will improve? who knows. we will just have to sit back, wait and see.

    I do wish he was captured alive and brought to justice in Iraq and in JOrdan. I mean imagine if Jordan brought him to Jordan to bring him to justice would his family still call him a martyr or show their “loyalty” to the king?

  9. Why would Jordan wait until it gets bombed before helping track down Zarqawi. What about other terrorists that they may have info on? Should we just wait until Jordan gets attacked again before trying to capture the next terrorist?

  10. Andre,
    Jordan’s efforts in the hunt for radical militants have been anything but weak. Some have even accused its policies on fighting extremism as being complascent with US interest. Unless there is a province in Afghanistan called Jordan, your question is similar to asking why the sky is green.

  11. “Getting killed by a bomb from above was likely the easier way out, compared with time spent in trial, then in prison, then execution.”

    I absolutely agree with this statement. When I found out about Zarqawi’s death my initial reaction was shock and happiness. Thinking about it though, I feel he did get the easy way out — a quick death.
    On a side note, I saw pictures of the Iraqis and Marines dancing in the streets of Baghdad. Seeing the Iraqi people so happy really made me feel even better about this whole situation than I already did.
    I admit that I am a bit nervous about retaliation from al Qaeda – and they will retaliate. I hope that everyone keeps a clear head about that and will be on guard. For now, however, may al Zarqawi burn in hell!

  12. Can anyone in Jordan confirm this report?

    In fact, a few hours ago, while an Al Jazeera journalist was interviewing Abu Kadama, Zarqawi’s brother-in-law in Zarqa, Jordan, the broadcast was suddenly interrupted, most probably by Jordan. Because when the journalist came back on the air, he said that Abu Kadama had just been arrested by Jordanian services. Then a second sudden interruption occured, and when the Al Jazeera anchor appeared, he announced that his journalist colleague had also been arrested by Jordan. Keep in mind that Jordan’s King Abdullah was one of Zarqawi’s main targets. In light of recent foiled Al Qaeda attacks in Jordan, it seems reasonable to think that Abdullah wanted to show his resolve against Zarqawi’s sympathizers.

  13. This should be the model on how we deal with confirmed terrorists, period! Shut them up immediately. Don’t let them spew their hatred even more, look at Saddam Hussein every day making a mockery of the court, he should have been killed as soon as they found him. Take care.

  14. There has been confirmation of the arrest of Zarqawi’s brother via AFP and new word that Zarqawi was actually alive when they found him:

    Brig Gen. Bill Caldwell, briefing military reporters at the Pentagon from his post in Baghdad, said he learned that al-Zarqawi was alive after getting briefings on the military operation that netted al-Zarqawi and several others. “He mumbled something but it was indistinguishable and it was very short,” Caldwell said.

    … He said that when the terrorist “attempted to sort of turn away off the stretcher, everybody reached to insert him back. … He died a short time later from the wounds suffered during the airstrike … We did in fact see him alive,” Caldwell said. “There was some sort of movement he had on the stretcher and he did die a short time later. There was confirmation from the Iraqi police that he was found alive.” Source: [MSNBC]

  15. Natasha,

    Al-Zargawi, Allah la yroudoh.

    However, I’m curious, as a journalist, how do you feel about the Jordanian authorities shutting up and arresting the Al-Jazeera reporter?

    You typically would have been all over that – condemning such restrictions on journalism and such treatment of journalists.

  16. For myself, I tend to believe that calling at least some, if not all, of Al Jazeera “journalists” is about as believable as claiming Bill O’Reilly in the US is “unbiased”. Being a mouth piece for liers, reporting things so they always sound one way, or simply being so concerned with viewership that you don’t look for the truth, which is the main problem in the US, doesn’t make you a journalist, finding the truth, confirming that it *is* true and reporting honestly what happened does. There may be a completely legitimate reason for that arrest, even if, sadly, reporting only the stuff you or your sponsors “want you to” and with their personal “spin” isn’t usually one of them.

  17. Kagehi,

    The U.S. foreign policy consistently criticized Arab media for being state-controlled and for feeding the people half-truths, at best.

    It’s just funny that when one of the largest allies of the U.S. in the region (the Emir of Qatar) bank rolls a semi-independent news channel to report the news anyway they want (pissing off all Arab governments in the process), and showing the U.S. foreign policy for what it really is, then all of a sudden we don’t recognize it as a legitimate news organization, and its employees are called are called liers and “journalists” with the sarcastic quotations. I may be way off here, but wasn’t Natasha an employee of Al-Jazeera at one point? Natasha, please correct me if I am wrong about that.

    If Al-Jazeera’s employees are liers and “journalists,” then so are CNN’s and Fox News’s and CBS’s (remember why Dan Rather had to “retire”).

    Anyway Kagehi, the question I posed was for Natasha, so please butt out.

  18. “To all the skeptics out there, it seems that Zarqawi wasn’t a “US invention” or a “creation by Jordanian intelligence” after all! What will the conspiracy theorists say now? “We need proof!” “We want to see the corpse.” ”

    How does killing him prove he is not the product of the US?

    -Saddam was the product of the US, he is in Jail now.

    -Bin laden was the direct prodcut of the US, he’s wanted Dead or Alive.

    So no, smarty pants, his death does not prove anything.

    Read history.

  19. Kahgi you say ” I tend to believe that calling at least some, if not all, of Al Jazeera “journalists” is about as believable as claiming Bill O’Reilly in the US is “unbiased”.”

    I think your attempt to compare ALjazeera with Bill O’Reilly is utterly absurd and shows a disturbing degree of shallowness on your part. Here is why:

    When you compare O’Reilly and ALjazeera’s positions on one hand with the UN and the Geneva Conventions on the other, you will find that Aljazeera’s views are consistent with the UN and Geneva Conventions. Aljazeera says Iraq occupation is illegal, Orielly says it’s good. Aljazeera says killing innocents is bad, Orielly says collateral damage. Aljazeer says end Israeli occupation, Oreillay says jewish land and disputed territories.

    So please, don’t embaress yourself with such silly arguments. ALjazeer is centrists, when you use the UN and Geneva Conventions and Universal Declaration of Human Rights as benchmarks. But the overwhelming majority of so-called mainstram US media espouse views that are right wing, pro-invasion, pro-occupation, pro-murder.

  20. As the world turns:

    Once again as all eyes are focused on the death of Zarqawi, Israel strikes killing innocent women and children in Gaza while having a picnic at the beach. Isn’t this terrorism?

    Now ofcourse the idiots Hamas declared and end to the cease fire and they will go give Israel a chance to say here we tried to have peace with the Palestinians but how can you have peace with terrorists. But to make us feel better, Israel as usual said the strike was a mistake and they will investigate the incident.

    Why isn’t this terrorism?

    As the world turns

  21. JAson, Israel is the biggest “undeclared” terrorist. Zarqawi’s death put an end to one terrorist but Israel itself is committing crimes worse than what al qaeda did with the whole world watching.

  22. Scooby, I think arresting Yasser Abu Hilah was a mistake. The Jordanian government should stop its policy of intimidating journalists. I’m totally against muzzling the press.

    So what’s the latest news? I have been busy with friends visiting form out of town so I have not been following the news. Is he still arrested? Please let me know. And yeah I worked for Aljazeera for a while when we were based in Doha.

  23. I know you are going to post about it, but how does it feel that three of the deputies in the Jordan Parliament, have visited the Zarqawi family in Zarka-Jordan to show support and express condolences ! How bout the poll carried out by Al-Jazeera that shows more than 70% of those expressing their opinion about the death of Zarkawi that they are sad !

  24. “Israel itself is committing crimes worse than what al qaeda did with the whole world watching.”

    Name two.

  25. um to whoever that said that israel did worse crimes than the al qaeda did. that doesn’t make any sense.
    and who are you to judge whos worse?
    any thing that is wrong is wrong.

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