posted on Jun, 8 2006 @ 02:47 AM
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on Thursday that al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed,
state television reported.
In Washington, ABC News reported that a U.S. air attack on a Baghdad house has killed Zarqawi. "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed in Baghdad
during a bombing raid," ABC said.
hope they are sure this time cause:
Al-Zarqawi has proved to be slippery prey.
In November 2004, U.S.-led troops raided the insurgent stronghold of Falluja, only to find that many insurgent leaders, perhaps even al-Zarqawi, had
bolted before the attacks.
In February 2005, U.S. troops received a tip that al-Zarqawi might be heading to a meeting in Ramadi, west of Falluja. Although his vehicle was under
surveillance by a Predator spy plane, and checkpoints were set up, the vehicle eluded them, and the militant escaped.
In April 2005, U.S. troops raided a hospital in Ramadi in the hope of capturing al-Zarqawi -- but struck out. "He was taken to a hospital. When we
got the news, we rushed there, but he was out of there," said Iraqi Lt. Gen. Nasser Abadi months later.
In December 2005, Hussain Kamal, Iraq's deputy minister of interior, admitted that Iraqi security forces had al-Zarqawi in custody in 2004, but
released him because they didn't know who he was.