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Muted US not gung-ho over Zarqawi death

The most remarkable aspect of what can be described as the single greatest success for US forces in Iraq since the capture of Saddam Hussein was the subdued rhetoric of the US leaders in the aftermath of the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the reput

10th June, 2006

While describing it as a ‘‘turning point’’ and a ‘‘severe blow’’ to terrorism, US President George W Bush said: ‘‘We can expect terrorists and insurgents to carry on without him.”

His comments were a long way from the muscular ‘‘bring ’em on’’ and ‘‘mission accomplished’’ rhetoric that characterised earlier phases of the conflict.

‘‘War has...

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