Good news, of course:
Jordanian terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi died in an air strike north of Baghdad yesterday evening, U.S. officials have confirmed.
Passive sentences. Ugh. This calls for a rewrite:
An air strike killed Jordanian terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi north of Baghdad yesterday evening.
Seven aides were said to have been killed along with the Big Z, so hopefully a couple of them were significant lieutenants and their deaths will furhter thin the herd of competent terrorist leaders in Iraq. MSNBC.com writes:
It was not clear to American authorities who would succeed al-Zarqawi as the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. The official noted that a number of al-Zarqawi’s deputies have been taken out in recent months, which could cause chaos among the group’s top tier.
UPDATE: Video of the strike here.
Here’s part of what President Bush said last night:
Zarqawi is dead, but the difficult and necessary mission in Iraq continues. We can expect the terrorists and insurgents to carry on without him. We can expect the sectarian violence to continue. Yet the ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders.
Despite this, of course, we’re going to continue to see violence and terrorism in Iraq, and we’re going to see a lot of “Three days after terrorist leaders death, violence in Iraq continues“-type headlines.
The Iraqi Minutemen have lost a leader:
The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not “insurgents” or “terrorists” or “The Enemy.” They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win.
–Michael Moore, April 2004
As a final note, tips from local residents given to the Iraqi security forces. Does that make them unpatriotic Iraqis in the eyes of Mr. Moore?
UPDATE: Lots o’ links at Instapundit. I’ll add more as time allows. If you come across any good ones, toss them up in the comments.
UPDATE: Nick Berg’s father speaks out…and a discrepancy in various quotes. Either way, he seems confused.