CNN reported Terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the coalition's most wanted man in Iraq, was killed in an airstrike near Baquba, jubilant U.S. and Iraqi authorities announced Thursday. Al-Zarqawi's death gives Iraq a chance to "turn the tide" in the fight against the nation's insurgency, President Bush said at the White House. "The ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders," Bush said. "Zarqawi's death is a severe blow to al Qaeda." "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.
This is certainly good news, but equally good news is that the Iraqi PM has finally filled the last three positions in his cabined. As CNN reported Lawmakers Tuesday approved Jawad Bolani, a Shiite, for interior minister; Gen. Abdel Qader Jassim, a Sunni who has been Iraq's ground forces commander, for defense minister; and Shirwan al-Waili, a Shiite, for minister of state for national security.... Jassim gained 142 out of 198 votes. Bolani received 182 of 198. A-Waili got 160 of 198. I am surprised he did not have to pick a Kurd for one of the three, but I guess the Kurds are so happy with what they have, that as long as the Iraqi military stays out of their area they will be happy.