New Zarqawi thread

posted at 8:44 am on June 8, 2006 by Allahpundit

*New updates are being added in the airstrike-video thread.*

Dancing in the streets. Bill Roggio says it was likely the handiwork of Task Force 145. As expected.

Here’s what the scene looked like afterwards:


The Times says there was enough left of him to identify facial features, fingerprints, and known scars on his body. Here’s hoping they go the Uday/Qusay route and release the autopsy photos.

Needless to say, there’ll be updates here throughout the day. In the meantime, here’s video of Bush’s announcement. Click the image to watch.


It’s going to be a long day for Newsbusters.

I’m off to round-up reaction from the usual suspects. Confederate Yankee says the good folks at are celebrating — because now we can pull out and have it look kinda sorta like a victory. Send me any links you find of people questioning the timing, the stupider the better. Ten points if they tie it to Haditha, a thousand points if they tie it to the start of Yearly Kos.

Update: Greater unity through dead terrorists:

For Mr. Maliki, a Shiite, the killing of Mr. Zarqawi brought immediate political results in the form of parliamentary approval, immediately after the news conference, of Mr. Maliki’s nominees for the vacant security posts in the cabinet, the ministers of defense, interior and national security… The new ministers were named as Gen. Abdul Qadr Mohammed Jassim, a former general under Saddam Hussein who was jailed in 1994 and sentenced to seven years imprisonment, as minister of defense; Jawad Khadim Polani, a former air force engineering specialist under Mr. Hussein, as minister of the interior, responsible for the police; and Shirwan al-Waili as minister of national security.

Update: If you thought the revenge couldn’t get any sweeter, you were wrong. Remember this?

Link via SFPH, who’s also covering the “celebrations” at dKos. He missed this one, though. Thanks to Homemade Sin for that. Also this one, this one — and yet, oddly, this is the one that ends up on the frontpage. I wonder why.

There’s really no point trying to round up DU. The threads are coming fast and furious and most (but not all) are what you’d expect. Here’s a good one, though. Superficially off-topic but in the larger sense, right on point.

Update: Ahhhh, that’s the stuff.

Update: Debka says Al Qaeda has named Zarqawi’s successor.

Update: Turns out the military displayed a photo of Zarqawi’s corpse at the press conference. Confederate Yankee provides the screencap. Update: Yahoo News has a close-up here.


Update: Al Jazeera interviews Zarqawi’s degenerate family. Everyone’s sad except for the ones who are happy he’s gone to heaven to be with the other martyrs. Update: The AJ obit writer searches for an adjective to describe the attacks carried out by Zarqawi’s men — and settles on “headline-grabbing.” Update: Al Qaeda’s celebrating the “joyous” news too.

Update: Heh:


Update: Great photos over at Getty:


Update: Fox says there’s a White House briefing at 10:15. NRO has quick-take reactions from a number of people, including Victor Davis Hanson.

Update: CNN wonders if that video was Zarqawi’s undoing.

Update: Richard Engel blogs the “uncontainable excitement” at the press conference for MSNBC. Reports of ululation!

Update: Ken Bigley’s brother hopes Zarqawi rots in hell. Nick Berg’s wretched, wretched father is sad that “another human being had to die.”

Update: The WH press conference is starting now. Fox says Bush was told the news yesterday afternoon. Tony Snow says that Bush was meeting with Congressmen from both parties at 3:30 yesterday afternoon about Iraq and Rep. Ray LaHood said things would be better if Zarqawi were taken out. Phone calls came in from Khalilzad and Rumsfeld over the next hour about a strike that might have taken out Zarqawi. Stephen Hadley briefed Bush about it, who said drily, “That would be a good thing.” By 9:30 last night it had been confirmed.

Bush spoke to Blair and Maliki this morning. The U.S. and Iraqi cabinets will be meeting via teleconference on Tuesday. Snow predicts recriminations from the jihadis in country.

Update: Here’s what he looked like before they cleaned him up:


Update: Our friends in Palestine are keeping a stiff upper lip. Update: Richard Clarke isn’t impressed, either.

Update: The attack apparently took two weeks to plan — and it might have taken out as many as seven other jihadis.

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Lets hope there were no women or children there. Otherwise the MSM and democrats will want our troops brought up on murder charges. Sad day for liberals.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 8:51 AM

A great day for Iraqis, a terrible day for DNC.

They have lost the California election and now come this good news for the country and for Bush. Will it complicate their plan to take back the House?

CNN is very worry. CBS is very worry. Helen Thomws is subdued. None of the reporters in the White House rejoiced this morning…….can they just clap their hands?…may be just a few claps?….may be just a smile?…am I asking too much?

Luckily, the Fountain is close by.

easy87us on June 8, 2006 at 8:52 AM

Has Murtha called us cold blooded murderers yet?

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 8:53 AM

Easy87, you know our media, they have to be neutral, wink, wink. Watch for their teary eyed reaction at Tonys WH briefing at noon.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 8:54 AM

Seventeen additional raids were nearly simultaneously conducted. I pray this is the beginning of many more successes for our troops and Iraqi Freedom.

Melba Toast on June 8, 2006 at 8:59 AM

YEEEEEEE HAWWWWWW!!!!!!! Good news for our military, bad news for our liberal friends. What a great day!

pullingmyhairout on June 8, 2006 at 8:59 AM

Zarqawi is dead?

Good! One less scumbag on the planet. I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of the MSM nutjobs at the press meeting later today (AKA The new Tony Snow Show).

Scorched_Earth on June 8, 2006 at 9:11 AM

roninacreage; “Lets hope there were no women or children there. Otherwise the MSM and democrats will want our troops brought up on murder charges.”

From the printed internet reports I’ve seen (subject to the grain of salt test) there were at least 2 women there who gathered high level intelligence.

Look, I know you mean well, but I hope there were dozens of women and children there.


So what’s a young U.S. Marine to do when confronted by them????? You tell me MSM! You tell me.

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 8, 2006 at 9:14 AM

There will be a memorial service for Al at the Fountain tonight. It will be attended by all MSM reporters, Kerry and Murtha. They will discuss this atrocity the military has just done on the AlQeada people. “The wonton killing of 6 innocent lives will not be tolerated,” said Murtha.

Of course I am just joking. But the mourning session will still be on schedule but for different reasons.

easy87us on June 8, 2006 at 9:15 AM

Hopefully, those bombs were laced with the blood of pigs

tomas on June 8, 2006 at 9:24 AM

You the YearlyMentos folks are not going to like this news on the first day of their NutRoots Conference.

uniclone on June 8, 2006 at 9:25 AM

Helen Thomas will probably say we are guilty of disturbing a Muslim’s sleep with a bomb.

clyde on June 8, 2006 at 9:25 AM

Your wish is my command, O Creator of Worlds. Ask and you shall receive.

“Just in time to distract from the ongoing carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Haditha scandal and the Council of Europe’s report on CIA renditions, and to provide cover for desperately needed price drops in crude oil.”

So, it’s not just Haditha, it’s a perfectly timed distraction from EVERYTHING!!!

From, with no apparent irony intended, “The Truth Shall Set You Free” blog.

Pablo on June 8, 2006 at 9:27 AM

Oh, and clearly, Bush is trying to distract us from Ann Coulter.


Pablo on June 8, 2006 at 9:28 AM

“Lets hope there were no women or children there. Otherwise the MSM and democrats will want our troops brought up on murder charges. Sad day for liberals.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 8:51 AM”

Too late. One woman & one child were there also, but I suspect they were involved, since this was an Al Queda Meeting!



VonHelton on June 8, 2006 at 9:29 AM

We also have one of Iraq the Model’s most persistent moonbats with this:

“Secondly, the timing is strangely fortuitous for the US and Iraqi governments, who are battling to counter the negative publicity of Haditha and other scandals. There are already many well-based doubts about Zarqawi’s public persona, and about Bin Laden’s well-timed PR stunts for the Bush regime. The timing of this death will only add to the doubts. Full details of the killing are yet to be released, but it appears this was yet another air raid. Let us see if any more Iraqi civilians have died as “collateral damage”. (see update below)”

Pablo on June 8, 2006 at 9:35 AM

Well, sure, he’s dead. But it IS a moral victory for the Left. They’re running low on martyrs.

GPE on June 8, 2006 at 9:41 AM

Has Durbin taken to the Senate floor to denounce this yet?

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 9:49 AM


Baghdad, 2 June (AKI) – The Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi – al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq – died on Friday and his body is in Fallujah’s cemetary, an Iraqi Sunni sheikh, Ammar Abdel Rahim Nasir, has told the Saudi on-line newspaper Al-Medina. He claims that gunfights which broke out in Fallujah in the last few days involved militants trying to protect the insurgency leader’s tomb from a group of American soldiers patrolling the area.




VonHelton on June 8, 2006 at 9:54 AM

Von Helton, Either way. Dead is dead. If we snatched him from a tomb, so be it. At least we have proof. Good news regardless. I’m sure the MSM will run with story and claim Bush administration is lying yet again. There is no pleasing them.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:02 AM

Just a reminder:

“I will bet you the best dinner in the gaslight district of San Diego that military action will not last more than a week. Are you willing to take that wager?”
(Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, 1/29/03)

“This will be no war — there will be a fairly brief and ruthless military intervention…. The president will give an order. [The attack] will be rapid, accurate and dazzling…. It will be greeted by the majority of the Iraqi people as an emancipation. And I say, bring it on.”
(Christopher Hitchens, in a 1/28/03 debate– cited in the Observer, 3/30/03)

“Well, the hot story of the week is victory…. The Tommy Franks-Don Rumsfeld battle plan, war plan, worked brilliantly, a three-week war with mercifully few American deaths or Iraqi civilian deaths…. There is a lot of work yet to do, but all the naysayers have been humiliated so far…. The final word on this is, hooray.”
(Fox News Channel’s Morton Kondracke, 4/12/03)

“Some journalists, in my judgment, just can’t stand success, especially a few liberal columnists and newspapers and a few Arab reporters.”
(CNN’s Lou Dobbs, 4/14/03)

sgtjivanelli on June 8, 2006 at 10:02 AM

The throatcutter is DEAD!


(and what a cache of intell the Troops got from those 17 simultaneous raids…. how many lives will be saved by this awesome MILITARY ACCOMPLISHMENT!!)

(minor note: the moonbats think the timing is suspicious – did Carl Rove time Zarqawi’s death to knock Coulter’s comments off the front page?)

Richard Davis on June 8, 2006 at 10:04 AM

“Von Helton, Either way. Dead is dead. If we snatched him from a tomb, so be it. At least we have proof. Good news regardless. I’m sure the MSM will run with story and claim Bush administration is lying yet again. There is no pleasing them.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:02 AM”

Agreed, but you can see how the Loony Left will have fun with this…..


VonHelton on June 8, 2006 at 10:06 AM

Richard, speaking of Coulters remarks, notice how the media, except for FOX, are not showing her respond to Hitlery, about Bill raping Juanita and groping Willey? FOX showed a video of it on H&C.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:08 AM

VonHelton, Laura Ingraham is playing clips of the media response with lots of “But Monkeys”. has live streaming

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:11 AM

Sorry about that bad link

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:12 AM

Good link for Laura Ingraham.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:12 AM

I’m already listening….


VonHelton on June 8, 2006 at 10:14 AM

WH briefing about to begin. This should be fun.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:16 AM

Fox News, I think…..


VonHelton on June 8, 2006 at 10:18 AM

On the first thread the report said that the media people cheered when they got the word. That must’ve been the Iraqi media. The U.S. media (or should we call them the world community media?) must be in shock and despair today.

I hope zarqy (piss be upon him) was at his war map, telling his thugs where to strike next, when suddenly he stops and says “What is that whisteling noise?”

Tony737 on June 8, 2006 at 10:19 AM

A heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to our military (including commander in chief) and people who helped, from me and ALL THE FOLKS who don’t post here but feel the same way!!!!!!

Try though they will, the leftists haven’t damaged America’s ability to project our superpower military might.

Reality Check on June 8, 2006 at 10:22 AM

Coulter coming up on Laura Ingrahams show. I’m sure she’ll have something to say about Zarqawi and the lefts mourning of his death. Conservatives will now be demonized for “enjoying” his death.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:26 AM

10 years aggo, during the Clinton Administration, the general consensus was that it is impossible to fight the war against terrorism. It is suicidal to attack Afghanistan( this notion was greatly enforced by Russia). The Clinton’s policy was limited engagement and response plus a lot of compromising and begging. Remember Carter? He was petrified when the Iranian took over our embassy!

Now we are chasing them rats everywhere and terminating them one by one. We took out the Taliban in 2 months ( Soviet Union lost over 100,000 men and withdrew in ten years). We took out saddam in two weeks! We have sacrificed many good young men but in due course they have secured a better world for all of us to live in.

Can the MSM and the DNC be just a little bit more upbeat on this news?

Of course not.

easy87us on June 8, 2006 at 10:34 AM

sgtjivanelli, let me clear this up for you:

War on Iraq/Saddam: Short, sweet, militarily brilliant. Best. Invasion. Ever.

War on Terror: Long, hard slog

It’s tough to kill an enemy you can’t find. Try to keep up, would you?

Pablo on June 8, 2006 at 10:36 AM

Ok. Can we just simply burn al-Zarqawi’s dead body? A videotape it, too?

Kokonut on June 8, 2006 at 10:48 AM

Fantastic news! Way to go Good Guys!

Just excellent…

Watching Tony Snow on FNC and in the video loop playing beside the live feed just showed some kids holding up what looks like a small shoe and a fluffy blue stuffed bunny. Wonder how hard it was for them to round that up for the photo op? You know what? Bad things happen in times of war. That is just an unfortunate fact of life. You cannot effectively fight head-chopping islamofascists with pillows tied to your fists.

American People and People of the World: o
Open your eyes to the threats right there before you and steel yourselves with the resolve it takes to win this thing. It is far more humanitarian to fight aggressively and effectively and win as quickly as possible than to ignorantly deny the problem even exists. Mistakes are going to happen. Accept it. But this war has been waged far more humanely than any other major conflict in history.

This strike is an excellent win for all those fighting terroism. It’s not going to stop it overnight, but it’s a major step.

And Iraq filled out the rest of its cabinet positions too. Now if they can get the fake police militias under control, get the Iraqi People more electricity and water, and get the oil network repaired and secured and fully online… that would help mitigate some of this threats from iran.

I am so thankful that we didn’t allow ourselves to cut and run. Go Iraqi People and Security Forces, US Military, and all our steadfast Allies! Thank you for fighting the good fight! And for fighting is as well as you can.

techno_barbarian on June 8, 2006 at 10:51 AM

We have won a BATTLE, not the war, but a large battle.
T Snow said this this am and it is what I believe. A BIG VICTORY.
Terrorists, we are coming for you and you wont know when we’re about to kill you. Dinner time, on your couch, on the john, silence…then a quiet smart bomb in the window…..and you’re gone. Be afraid, very afraid.

shooter on June 8, 2006 at 10:53 AM

Damn it! Why couldn’t they do a day earlier on 6/6/06?


Kokonut on June 8, 2006 at 10:53 AM

Democrats are already printing Zarqawi t-shirts to replace their old worn out Che T’s.

roninacreage on June 8, 2006 at 10:54 AM

Watching the White House press conference now.

The press apparently is dead….silent, appeared…subdued…yet there is almost a sense of sadness and disappointment permeated through the underwears of some of the big guns. The only upbeat moment comes when the guy from FOX ( Bret?) asked if the death of Al Zarqawi is more significant than the death of Bin Laden….gee wheeze…..a 3 second adrenalin rush…

Snow…moment of frustration…when one smug asked” you guys must be talking about withdraw..”…Snow answered “why you guys want us to get out…?” or something like that.

Snow, don’t you get it? Getting us out will create another vacuum for building a safe haven for them terrorists. We are winning and they don’t want us to win.

When them MSM getting more and more depressed, I am feeling better and better.

At least I am getting something good out of them press.


easy87us on June 8, 2006 at 10:56 AM

A heartfelt “Well Done” & “Thank You” to our forces & their Iraqi counterparts for ridding the world of this piece of garbage.

Abigail Adams on June 8, 2006 at 10:59 AM

Way to go guys. I hope somebody had a football on hand to put in his hands and take a few pictures. I’m sure some tool on the lefty blogs is pondering the timing..perhaps we took Zarq out of cold storage to distract from Haditha! Wait for it; once the left gets through the period of mourning, the ‘it’s not that big a deal’ chorus will start, followed by the moonbat theories. Still, i’m going to enjoy it. Another dead terrorist. Score one more for the good guys.

austinnelly on June 8, 2006 at 11:19 AM

The Iraqi police and civilians should be the happiest, this guy murdered far more of them then any americans. They have a right to celebrate and hopefully now can take their country on their shoulders.

Btw; do all Arabs HAVE to dance with their guns? Seriously. I don’t dance with my battle-axe when I hear the Padres won.

Defector01 on June 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

“Btw; do all Arabs HAVE to dance with their guns?”

Defector01, They can’t dance with their women, so they have to hold something! What else would you suggest? Hummmmmmmm????

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 8, 2006 at 11:53 AM

“Zarkawi’s Death: Why Not Try to Capture Him?”

Good idea, richards1052! Okay, everybody, do-over.

Jim Treacher on June 8, 2006 at 12:10 PM

Capture him! Look at the forum the last nut they captured now has! He’s on the damn news, the worldwide stage, every stinking night!

I’m sorry my friend, but my guys in the 4th Infantry Division (2/35 Vietnam, Class of 67-68) learned a valuable lesson from us NJ Italian Types after they failed to blow the hell out of Say-damn when they had him in that hole; “When days dead, they don’t talk so much!”

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 8, 2006 at 12:20 PM

Was Zarqawi’s desth an atrocity? Let’s have a Senate “investigation”; a House “study”; an FBI “probe”; a Special Counsel “indictment”; a Zarqawi Commission ‘inquiry’; a CIA ‘inspection’; a DOJ ‘audit’ and, above all, a Democratic Party ‘witchhunt’ to determine if Zarqawi’s death was staged to distract reporters from Haditha.

MaiDee on June 8, 2006 at 12:35 PM

I was actually pleased by the news of Zarqawi’s death before I was saddened by it.
/John Kerry

Scorched_Earth on June 8, 2006 at 12:38 PM


Cats? Sticks? Knives? Their ****s? A box of fig newtons?
You know, you get too happy on the raki, your fingers hits hte trigger and you have a funeral as opposed to a party

Defector01 on June 8, 2006 at 1:06 PM

la-la-la-la-la (ululating)

from Latin ululare, ululatum to howl

Could someone find out the word the natives use for this noise?

I hate saying ‘ululate’, I think it came from some speech therapist.


John Kerry:
la-la-la-la-la (ululating)

Mr. Murtha
la-la-la-la-la (ululating)

The whole deflated bunch
la-la-la-la-la (ululating)

Our mil, Iraqi gov, and Bush deserve credit for staying the course

entagor on June 8, 2006 at 1:17 PM

We know how it will all pan out. In the end they will blame it all on Bush, then wonder why his poll points went up 30% :)

Wyrd on June 8, 2006 at 1:20 PM

FR keyword link if you’d like to peruse a pile of threads on zarqawi and his sudden demise.

normsrevenge on June 8, 2006 at 1:55 PM

DU and the Kos kids are hilarious.

Rove: “George, the vote’s going south! Let’s thaw out Zarqawi.”

Arbusto: “Great idea, Turd Blossom. Do we have any more of these guys on ice? November is around the corner.”

tommuck on June 8, 2006 at 3:00 PM

What! No quote yet from Michael Moore regarding the big loss of one his beloved “Minute Men”!

dmaestaz on June 8, 2006 at 3:09 PM

I just love that pre-clean up shot of zarqy’s face. Um … Does that make me a bad person?

Way to go Troops! Good job to the Spec. Ops. men who tracked him down and to the F.A.C. who called in the strike and the Pilot who dropped his load. Also good job to the Ammo guys (my Ammo brothers!) and the Loaders, Fuelers, Logistics and all the others who made this wonderful day possible.

Tony737 on June 8, 2006 at 3:12 PM

MaiDee, great points.

Let’s not forget all the world bodies:

– Did they follow rules of engagement?
– Did they respect universal human rights?
– Did they let him read his favorite passage in the Quran?
– Did they allow him a final meal?
– Did they read him his rights?
– Should the Commander in Chief take full responsibility and impeach himself? After removing Mr. Rumsfeld first, of course.

Not! But how sweet it is!

Entelechy on June 8, 2006 at 4:01 PM

On the first thread the report said that the media people cheered when they got the word. That must’ve been the Iraqi media. The U.S. media (or should we call them the world community media?) must be in shock and despair today.

I hope zarqy (piss be upon him) was at his war map, telling his thugs where to strike next, when suddenly he stops and says “What is that whisteling noise?”

Tony737 on June 8, 2006 at 10:19 AM

My understanding is that it *WAS* an Al Queda meeting. In attendance was his spiritual advisor, as well as lesser people.


VonHelton on June 8, 2006 at 4:36 PM

Does anyone catch the irony that his ruthless animal has a “spiritual advisor” with him? What would our press say if George Bush had Billy Graham or Max Lucado with him frequently? They would go ballistic. The MSM calls him a “spirtual advisor”. What kind of spiritual advice was given to this throat slitter? He is not a spiritual advisor, he is another muslim Jihad instigator.

CountryDoc on June 8, 2006 at 7:22 PM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow. I hope it hurt. I hope it hurt a lot.

LindaSoG on June 8, 2006 at 8:39 PM

Another SMUG White House press asked bluntly, more like pressing for blood, “Was Al Zarqawi shot?”…..

No, dumb bell. The sight of our soldiers leaning over him scared him to death.

I hope the Left called for an investigation of Al Zarqawi’s death. I hope.

They are now demanding an autopsy. They are working on something now.

Call an inquiry, Dingy Harry!

That will secure at least 10 more seats for the GOP in November!

easy87us on June 9, 2006 at 9:31 AM

Nah. Burn the remaining shell.

Kokonut on June 10, 2006 at 11:45 AM

On Yahoo now.. 1045 PT 6/10/06Bush trumpets Iraq terror leader’s death
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – President Bush was celebrating “a good week for the cause of freedom,” with the killing of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the completion of Baghdad’s government, as he huddled with advisers.

Note how the AP Editor gets ‘trumpets’ in the title yet I see no mention in the rest of the article to support the use of that word.

Of course , he is elated to see Zarqawi tagged and bagged, who isn’t? But trumpets?

normsrevenge on June 10, 2006 at 1:48 PM