Reaction to Death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

From Baghdad to Washington and at points in between, reaction to the death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi came quickly Thursday. Following are what some people were saying upon learning the news:

"Today, al-Zarqawi was eliminated. Those who disrupt the course of life, like al-Zarqawi, will have a tragic end.

"Whenever there is a new al-Zarqawi, we will kill him.

"This is a message for all those who embrace violence, killing and destruction to stop and to [retreat] before it's too late. It is an open battle with all those who incite sectarianism."

— Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki


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"The ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders...

"Now Zarqawi has met his end, and this violent man will never murder again...

"Zarqawi's death is a severe blow to Al Qaeda. It's a victory in the global war on terror, and it is an opportunity for Iraq's new government to turn the tide of this struggle."

President George W. Bush


"Arguably, over the last several years, no single person on this planet has had the blood of more innocent men, women and children on his hands than Zarqawi, who personified the dark, sadistic medieval vision of the future...

"Given the nature of the terrorist networks, the network of networks, the death of Zarqawi, while enormously important will not mean the end of all violence of that country. But let there be no doubt that the fact that he is dead is a significant victory in the war against terrorism in Iraq and I would say worldwide."

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld


"Every day we hear of the death toll through the fomenting of civil strife: a campaign of murder, and kidnapping and brutality — all of it designed to stifle Iraqi democracy at birth, and al-Zarqawi was its most vicious prosecutor.

"The death of al-Zarqawi is a strike against Al Qaeda in Iraq and therefore a strike against Al Qaeda everywhere, but we should have no illusions. We know that they will continue to kill, we know that there are many, many obstacles to overcome."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair


"We want to give you the joyous news of the martyrdom of the mujahed sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

"The death of our leaders is life for us. It will only increase our persistence in continuing holy war so that the word of God will be supreme.

"We tell our sheik and emir, Usama bin Laden, God protect him, that your soldiers of Al Qaeda in Iraq are carrying on in the same plan set by sheik Abu Musab."

"Abu Abdel-Rahman al-Iraqi," identified as the deputy "emir" or leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq on a Web site used by Al Qaeda.


"Zarqawi's death is not the end of terrorism in the world, but a significant step in ridding the world of the menace of terrorism. This success should encourage us all, both in the Muslim world and beyond, to continue and step up our common fight against terrorism."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai


"We are dead sure that assassination of any of the people [like Zarqawi] who are resisting will not ... end the resistance."

Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar


"Our military forces are to be commended for their dedication to eradicating the terrorist network in Iraq. Today's success in eliminating the thuggish terrorist al-Zarqawi is a sure sign that they are on the way to accomplishing that goal.

"It is also a significant day in the formation of the government of Iraq: the appointment of ministers of defense, interior and national security is another positive step forward.

"These developments are major steps forward and although major challenges remain, I am more optimistic then ever that a free and stable Iraq can be achieved."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)


"The arrest or death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi does not mean the end of the struggle, because Islam does not depend on any personality. It does not depend on Zarqawi, on Usama or Abu Bakar Bashir. Even if it's true, there will be many new Abu Musabs to be born."

Fauzan Al-Ansory, an aide to jailed Indonesian militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir


"Zarqawi's death will not in itself end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important step in the right direction."

Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq


"Our military and intelligence forces have been patient, and their efforts have paid off in yet another success. They are relentless, and I have every confidence that, along with our Iraqi and coalition partners, they will succeed in destroying what remains of Zarqawi's terrorist network.

"The Iraqi people stood up against this threat to their nation, and in partnership with the U.S. military, ended Zarqawi's attempt to stop the march of freedom and democracy in Iraq.

"Al-Zarqawi has made his last video."

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee


"If it's true al-Zarqawi was killed, that will be a big happiness for all the Iraqis."

Thamir Abdulhussein, a college student in Baghdad


"Zarqawi's martyrdom is not going to weaken the jihad in Iraq. Rather, you will soon see more retaliatory attacks by his successors."

Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistani intelligence officer who helped bin Laden fight Soviet forces in Afghanistan


"The less terrorists there are, especially at the highest level, the calmer the situation in Iraq will be."

Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz


"This is a happy day for Iraq and the Iraqi people ... he was the prince of terrorism and encouraged sectarian strife.

"I think what happened today was a decisive blow for terrorist networks and that Iraq will not be a safe haven for any foreign terrorists. But the war against terrorism and the remnants of Saddam's former regime is not over yet."

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari


"I can I think safely say that he will not be missed."

NATO spokesman James Appathurai


"Everyone who wants a better world, free of murderous, crazed terrorism, needs to welcome the elimination of Zarqawi."

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


While this is not the silver bullet to create peace and stability in Iraq, it is a victory over Al Qaeda and the murderous ideology of terrorism."

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)


"Sooner or later evil people meet their just desserts. The entire world of people who believe in freedom and peace can take solace in what happened."

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)


"Americans are safer today as a result of the death of a man whose followers characterize their murderous actions as a 'fierce war on the malicious ideology' of democracy."

House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)


"His death reinforces our view that American forces will hunt down and destroy terrorists where they hide. America is seeking to defeat those who kill and maim and those who seek to destroy our way of life. As our troops have shown time and time again, it is a battle we intend to win."

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)


"This is a very important victory for the people of Iraq. He was the evil of terrorism. He was responsible for the deaths of many people in Iraq. Having him killed is a very important achievement for us. We are strongly determined to root out the remaining Al Qaeda people."

— Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih


"The war on terror doesn't end today. Conflict and strife will continue. But this is cutting off the head of a vicious organization."

Navy Capt. Frank Pascual, U.S. Central Command spokesman


"Zarqawi's death is a huge victory in the war on terror."

"This is good news for all Muslims and people of all religions. He was killing people of all faiths."

Gen. Zahir Azimi, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman


"This is great news and a significant hit. It's a tribute to the skill of our men and women in uniform. Zarqawi's death is a blow to one of the real sources of terror and violence in Iraq right now: jihadists and foreign fighters."

Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.)


"We expected that he would be martyred. We hope that he will join other martyrs in heaven."

Sayel al-Khalayleh, Zarqawi's older brother


"Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was a brutal terrorist and his death strikes a blow to Al Qaeda in Iraq. This ruthless thug who abused the true meaning of Islam was an intruder on Iraqi soil and it's good news that he's dead. Our troops did an incredible job hunting him down and destroying him, and all of America is proud of their skill and commitment."

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)


"The news of the loss of any human being is a tragedy. I think Zarqawi's death is a double tragedy. His death will incite a new wave of revenge."

Michael Berg, the father of Nicholas Berg, the kidnapped U.S. contractor believed to have been beheaded by Zarqawi


"My initial thoughts are that the world has rid itself of a very evil person — if a person at all. He's a specimen, that's what he is. I hope they catch the others ASAP."

"As far as I'm concerned, he can rot in hell because that's where he is. He's not in paradise, that's for sure."

Paul Bigley, brother of British engineer Kenneth Bigley, believed to have been beheaded by Zarqawi


"An evil man is dead, and what more can you say?"

Cyndi Armstrong, spokeswoman for the family of U.S. contractor Eugene Armstrong, believed to have been beheaded by Zarqawi