The U.S. and Iraq are both sharing the credit in taking out Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and they're showing the pictures to prove it.
From video of the double barrel bombing to selected still pictures of the corpse of the man they were targeting, American and Iraqi troops surveyed the rubble where the most feared terrorist in Iraq was finally taken out.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's reign of terror came to an end in a remote farmhouse northeast of Baghdad. MAJ GEN William Caldwell described how two F-16s zeroed in on their target.
"The lead aircraft is going to engage it here with a 500 pound bomb on the target. They are going to do a re-attack and you'll see the second 500-pound bomb go in," he said.
The U.S. military showed photos as further proof of Zarqawi's death. Six people in all were killed, including Zarqawi's spiritual leader. Special operation forces kept close tabs on him, and that eventually led them to Zarqawi's safehouse.
MAJ GEN William Caldwell said, "Through painstaking intelligence efforts we were able to start tracking him, monitoring his movements and establishing when he was doing his linkups with Zarqawi."
Zarqawi waged a bloody campaign of bombings and beheadings in Iraq. U.S. officials say the Jordanian-born militant and Al-Qaida leader in Iraq is responsible for thousands of deaths. But President Bush says Zarqawi's downfall does not mean the mission in Iraq is over.
President Bush said, "We can expect the terrorists and insurgents to carry on without him. We can expect the sectarian violence to continue."
That was evident on Thursday. A string of attacks killed nearly 40 people in Baghdad. The question now is who will replace Zarqawi? The U.S. military believes an Egyptian, Abu Al-Masri, will takeover as Al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, but the group's Web site suggests it might be an Iraqi.
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