Wednesday September 30, 2020

US won’t overstate Zarqawi’s death

The muted US reaction to the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi seemed to be symptomatic of a broader loss of optimism about Iraq.

10th June, 2006

Many much-heralded ‘turning points’ have come and gone, and the country has only slipped deeper into chaos.

In a statement shortly after Zarqawi’s death was announced, US President George W Bush said: ‘‘This violent man will never murder again,” and added: ‘‘On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate our troops on this remarkable achievement.”

But Bush, whose demeanour betrayed little emotion and no exaltation, was...

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