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U.S. Warplanes dropped two 500-pound bombs on innocent villagers in a quiet city in Diyala Province. Close friends and family gathered for a meeting to discuss local matters over tea when they were indiscriminately killed. Among the dead were a spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman and a community outreach organizer named Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalayla (1).
[Update: Some bloggers unfamiliar with my views on Islam took me seriously. I was reporting this in the manner of the mainstream media. Sorry if you thought I was criticizing our military. My own view is that we should never pussyfoot around in fighting the enemy. Had we destroyed an entire village of Muslims only to get Osama bin Laden we would have saved thousands of lives on 9/11 - American lives.]
The coward Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat and former marine who has become a fierce critic of the Iraq war, said he had no doubt innocent civilians were killed.
The explosions ripped through an area famous for its historic digs since the early 1930s known as the Diyala Project. It is likely that future excavations have been adversely impacted by the blasts and that many future historic artifacts were likely ruined.
URUKNET - Media’s Distortions to Justify the Occupation of Iraq, Excerpt:
"[The Americans] are using warplanes, mortar shells and tanks to shell the city indiscriminately, hurt citizens and bomb the houses with warplanes
Gateway-Pundit, Zarqawi's Family Hopes He Joins Other Martyrs in Heaven
"We anticipated that he would be killed for a very long time," Sayil al-Khalayla told The Associated Press on Thursday in a telephone interview from al-Zarqa, the poor industrial town that al-Zarqawi called home and from which he derived his name... "We expected that he would be martyred," he said, in a low voice, signalling his grief over the death of his brother...
The new Iraqi government has already announced a positive agenda to tackle sectarian violence, including securing Baghdad, disarming militias, rebuilding Iraq's economy and promoting national reconciliation.
TMH Baconbits [now defunct blog] - "Prepare the Virgins", Excerpt:
Al Qaeda’s Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead – the victim of a US military action near Baghdad. The reporting and reaction of this news is yet to hit full stride in America – in short, how it will be spun is only to be conjectured.
The Pirate's Cove - "Good News: Abu Musab 'Sneakers' al-Zarqawi Dead!", Excerpt:
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda in Iraq leader who led a brutal [insurgency] terrorist reign that included homicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings, was killed in an airstrike on a building north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials announced Thursday.
The DumbOx [now defunct blog] - Libs saddened, Excerpt:
Fine, Bush got lucky, now our guys can, and must, come home. The troops there are the problem. Then when further violence occurs, which is, duh, inevitable, we'll hear the Libs cry: "See, we told you so!"
There's a shitstorm in the blogosphere over this. According to
Blue Star Chronicles - Another one bites the dust.
Washington Post, Insurgent Leader Al-Zarqawi Killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD, June 8 --Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind behind hundreds of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq, was killed early Wednesday by an airstrike --north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday.
Zarqawi, a Jordanian-born high-school dropout whose leadership of the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq made him the most wanted man in Iraq, was killed along with several other people near the city of Baqubah, the officials said.
U.S. warplanes dropped two 500-pound bombs on a house in which Zarqawi was meeting with other insurgent leaders. A U.S. military spokesman said coalition forces pinpointed Zarqawi's location after weeks of tracking the movements of his spiritual adviser, Sheik Abdul Rahman, who also was killed in the blast.