Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda in Iraq leader who led a brutal insurgency that included homicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings, was killed in an airstrike on a building north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials announced Thursday.
Officials said the terror leader's identity was confirmed by fingerprints, facial recognition and known scars. Read more.
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"The death of Zarqawi is the beginning of the end for the insurgency. The 17 raids that followed have given us more information to help in the fight against terrorism, and the death of Zarqawi will boost the morale of the Coalition forces." — Curt (Dallas, TX)
"Zarqawi's death will most certainly be a turning point in the war on terror. With these types of movements, there are a few fanatics that provide leadership. As was the case with Germany in WWII, once the leaders are removed, the organization falls apart." — Joseph
"This will be a short-term solution, because these guys will have more waiting in the wings. I believe that the people of Iraq have to now stand up for themselves. If nothing is done and another leader arises for the terrorists, it will be the same problem all over."— Mike (Middleburg, FL)
"As a former Army officer who served in Iraq, I look at Zarqawi's death with cautious optimism. It has the potential to be a turning point in the Iraqi war, but only if we seize the advantage while we and the new Iraqi government have it. Our sons and daughters have spilled their blood for that country, and talk of bringing them home early just because Zarqawi is dead is both irresponsible and dangerous." — Jeremy (Indianapolis, IN)
"I think it will be a turning point, but not what we expect. I see it as a justification for Bush to stay in this mess and also as fuel for the insurgents. Their cause has just become stronger. I expect more violence than ever, as there are probably dozens more to step up into Zarqawi's shoes." — J. (Albuquerque, NM)
"Yes, this will make a big difference, especially if everyone over there believes the politician that stated that this was just a political stunt. We could have gotten Saddam any time and we could have gotten Zarqawi any time, but we have the power to wait until it is politically advantageous for us." — Kay
"Zarqawi's death will convince the Arabs that he didn't kill himself, as promised, before being arrested. It will make it clear that terrorists are just cowards that let young people die, only to gain power for themselves." — Fiepko
"The removal of Zarqawi serves as notice to those willing to continue insurgent activities that they, too, can be hunted down and killed. God willing, the Iraqi nation will bond together and continue to believe that they can be the solution to this insurgent problem."— Carl (Wheaton, IL)
"I believe Zarqawi's death could prove to be a turning point in the war on terror if we are able to exploit the current instability in the terror network that Zarqawi's death has caused."— Chris (Ocala, FL)
“I don't believe the American public has enough knowledge about what is really happening on the ground in Iraq to make any kind of judgment either way. Most of these people writing in are just tooting their own horns to boost their own agendas. As a veteran, who has firsthand knowledge, I can tell you that the real problem in Iraq is the radical clerics and not the terrorists themselves. When there is no message, there is no following. I get infuriated by all the armchair quarterbacks and bored housewives who think they have all the answers about Iraq, and all the reasons in the world to blame the president.”— Anonymous (South Carolina)
“Zarqawi's death is a significant event in the war on terrorism. The Iraqis have long been the scapegoat for the likes of his Islamic fundamentalism. Bin Laden is next.” — Allen
“Zarqawi's death will have a major impact on the Iraqi people and the insurgency. This will make it more likely that the Iraqi people will provide intelligence and oppose the insurgency. It will also bolster the morale of the Iraqi police and military.” — Ron (Marina Del Rey, CA)
“I think that this will not be a turning point. Instead, it will only be another reason for Bush to validate being in the war, and claiming some sort of victory against terrorism.” — Maureen
“No, all of the jihadists must be taken care of in the same way as Zarqawi. Jihadists are located in every country of the world with one thought in mind, and that’s to exterminate all Christians. They will not stop until they achieve this end.” — Sandy (San Francisco Bay, CA)
“The death of Zarqawi is just the beginning. However, I do feel that there will be someone else to finish what he started.” — Crystal
“I really hope it is a turning point. I'd like to see it become the first step in exterminating bin Laden and all the other terrorists that keep crawling out of the woodwork.” — Mike (Rockwall, TX)
“The death of Zarqawi is a significant advance in the war against terrorism. However, until terrorist education of ordinary Arabs is completely subverted and replaced by moderate and good Arab and Western influence and education, the terrorism will continue. This is a most important aspect of the fight against terrorism. Let all our leaders and the leaders of the free world take note.” — Manny (Woodmere, NY)
“I think Zarqawi's death will likely be the turning point in the sense of the beginning of a curve, but nonetheless a much-welcome change of direction. Our military deserves tremendous credit for their careful planning in this operation. Whether his critics like it or not, President Bush deserves credit for letting our military do their job.” — John
“I believe the turning point in Iraq occurred several months ago, and the death of Zarqawi will add momentum to our successes for the Iraqi people.” — P.A. (Valparaiso, IN)
“I hope that we can get a few more terrorists and break up the ranks a little more, in case there is someone groomed to take his place right away.” — Wendy (London, KY)
“I think it will help. It is so nice to hear some good news. I am proud of our president and our military.” — Linda (Tillamook, OR)
“I'll feel a lot safer when we have a border fence. Still, killing Zarqawi was a good start, yet will must remember that there are a lot of Zarqawis out there, funded by U.S. petrodollars. When we have alcohol-fueled cars from home-grown corn and sugar beets, and a border fence and internal enforcement, we'll be a good deal safer.” — Joseph (Phoenix, AZ)
“I do not believe that the death of Zarqawi will change anything for Iraq. I believe that there is already another radical Muslim who has taken Zarqawi's place. This new person may be even more evil than Zarqawi and will continue to inflict the mentality of death and destruction to anyone that doesn't believe as he believes. I do, however, believe that the death of Zarqawi is a huge victory for the U.S., which will remind the Muslim terrorists that they can’t hide from our military forces forever.” — Linda (Amarillo, TX)
“Zarqawi’s death a turning point? It depends on our response to it. It’s definitely a good thing, but the worst thing we could do is act like the war against terrorism is over because one person has been terminated. But if we continue to press forward even more aggressively and execute the same actions on every terrorist we can find, then the terrorists can be crippled even more.” — Brian (Ohio)
“I think it puts some additional bite into President Bush's warning to their leadership that there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The reality that this is truly a long-term cultural war still hasn't sunk in to the American people, though. I believe they still think it's a TV series or a video game where the outcome will be fully unraveled in thirty minutes or an hour. Unfortunately, the only way to win this is one terrorist at a time, and that takes two things the American public just doesn't have a tolerance for anymore — patience and persistence.” — Charles (Dallas, TX)