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Zarqawi's death severe blow to Al-Qaeda: Bush

He hailed the role of the special operation forces of the US, the coalition partners and the government of Iraq.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 19:12 IST

Describing the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab Zarqawi as "a severe blow" to the terrorist network, US President George W Bush on Thursday hailed it as a victory for the global war on terror but warned that the "difficult and necessary mission" in Iraq continued.

"The ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders.... Zarqawi's death is a severe blow to the Al-Qaeda.

It is a victory for the global war on terror and is an opportunity for the Iraqi government to turn the tide of this struggle," Bush said in a statement he read out from the White House Rose Garden.

He hailed the role of the special operation forces of the United States, the coalition partners and the government of Iraq for this major breakthrough in the war on terror.

"Last night in Iraq the United States forces in Iraq killed al Zarqawi. At 6:15 pm Baghdad time special operations forces acting on tips and intelligence from Iraqis confirmed Zarqawi's location and delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq," Bush said.

The US President said that Americans can be proud of their men and women in uniform, but he cautioned that while Zarqawi may be out of the way the campaign of violence in Iraq is not about to end.

While Zarqawi is dead the "difficult and necessary mission" in Iraq continues, he said. "We can expect the terrorists and insurgents to carry on without him," the President reminded both Americans and Iraqis.