I don't think I need to explain why I used RIH rather than RIP.
This just in over the wires.
Terror leader al-Zarqawi dead, Iraqi officials say
Thursday, June 8, 2006 Posted: 0801 GMT (1601 HKT)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted terrorist in Iraq, is dead, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Thursday.
"Today Zarqawi has been killed," al-Maliki said. The announcement was greeted by cheers.
The announcement -- made at a news conference -- did not provide details on how the infamous militant was killed. An aide to the prime minister told CNN that the prime minister confirmed that al-Zarqawi has been killed.
State TV said al-Zarqawi apparently died near the city of Baquba, a volatile area northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, a mixed Shiite-Sunni jurisdiction.
There have been many roadside bombings and shootings throughout the province and within the week, severed heads were found in fruit boxes there.
In Washington, two Pentagon officials told CNN that the government was awaiting al-Maliki's announcement in Baghdad before commenting on the report officially.
One official said the Pentagon is not sure of how the death was confirmed and that there might need to be "additional forensics" done before they can be fully confident the terrorist leader is dead.
Officials could provide no further details at this time
Other News at Forbes Iraqi PM: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi Killed
the International Herald Tribune Zarqawi has been killed, Iraqi PM say
The Associated Press
Published: June 8, 2006
BAGHDAD Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday.
Maliki said Zarqawi was killed about Wednesday evening along with seven aides.
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 Osama bin Laden, to whom he swore allegiance in 2004. The United States had put a $25 million bounty on Zarqawi.
and the Washington Post
Insurgent Leader Zarqawi Killed in Iraq
By Ellen Knickmeyer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 8, 2006; 3:50 AM
BAGHDAD, June 8 -- Abu Musab Zarqawi, leader of one of the most entrenched insurgent operations in Iraq, has been killed, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Thursday.
Maliki, flanked by U.S. Gen. George Casey, who commands U.S. troops in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, announced at a hastily called news conference: ''Today Zarqawi is defeated.'
Should anyone wonder about my sheer delight at this news, this is but one of the reasons.
Bombing in Iraq Kills Mostly Children
27 Die in Suicide Attack in Baghdad as U.S. Troops Hand Out Candy and Toys
By Andy Mosher and Khalid Alsaffar
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, July 14, 2005; Page A19
BAGHDAD, July 13 -- Inside the morgue at Kindi Hospital lay the remains of Amjad Kudeer. Flying shrapnel from a suicide car bomb struck him in the head and chest Wednesday, killing him instantly. He was 13.
Outside the door to the refrigerated room, Amjad's sobbing mother called his name over and over, as if trying to summon him back to life. Then she looked up and asked: "What did he do to deserve this? They are killing children. Why? Why?"
Falah Jabbar, his wife and their 4-day-old daughter arrive at a hospital in eastern Baghdad after they were wounded in a suicide bombing. (By Khalid Mohammed -- Associated Press)
Amjad and more than a dozen other children from east Baghdad's al-Khalij neighborhood made up the majority of the 27 people killed when a suicide bomber drove into a crowd that had gathered around U.S. soldiers who were handing out candy and small toys, police said. The attack also killed one soldier, according to the U.S. military, and wounded at least 50 people
Soldiers you Defeat in Battle and Capture.
Criminals you Arrest, Try and Imprison.
Rabid Beasts you Hunt Down and Kill.
To Protect the Innocent.
Anyone who has the slightest mote of misplaced compassion, for this mad dog, needs to look at the following photos awhile and reflect.
There is much still before us to do, but the world ins in some small manner a cleaner place this morning.