The leader of the Iraqi insurgency, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been killed in a US air strike. The Americans say that intelligence received from members of Zarqawi’s inner circle helped then to locate the Jordanian insurgent’s whereabouts.
Two 250 kilogram precision guided bombs were dropped onto the house where he was staying, eight kilometres north of the town of Baqouba, in northern Iraq.
When the raid took place, Zarqawi was holding a meeting with Sheikh Abdel Rahman, who was considered to be his spiritual advisor. He also perished in the attack. US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, has said that in total 10 people were killed in the strike.
Zarqawi’s death is being celebrated by many in Iraq, but not by all. In the Gaza strip in the Palestinian territories, there has been protest against the killing of the leader of the Iraqi insurgency.