Thursday 08 June 2006, 17:29 Makka Time, 14:29 GMT<input ... >
The Iraqi prime minister has announced the killing of al-Qaeda chief in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Nuri al-Maliki announced the killing of Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of an organisation known as al-Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers, at a news conference in Baghdad broadcast live by Iraqi state and international media organisations on Thursday.
He said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides on Wednesday evening in an air strike on a house 50km northeast of Baghdad, in the province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital, Baquba.
"Today, al-Zarqawi was eliminated," al-Maliki told a news conference, drawing applause from reporters in the hall where he made the announcement, flanked by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador, and US General George Casey, the top US commander in Iraq.
Al-Zarqawi's identity was confirmed by fingerprints.
Why I have a feeling that a death’s of Zarqawi no great changes will make in Iraq war…?