8 June 2006: au Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraqi terrorist leader noted for barbaric beheadings and inciting civil war in Iraq, was killed in a U.S. military strike north of Bukaba. Positive identification was confirmed by fingerprints and visual examination of his remains. His "spiritual advisor," abdurrahman ash-Shammari, was also killed.
although this is a great job by the U.S. military and a good day for the Iraqi people, we must continue to remember that approximately 16-17 other terrorist/insurgent groups remain operational in Iraq. as word of Zarqawi's death spreads, it is possible that attacks within Iraq could intensify the various groups under the umbrella of Zarqawi's organization. With the terrorist-insurgent mentality, there will undoubtedly be a power vacuum that could result in a battle for leadership.
MSC, the umbrella organization headed by al-Zarqawi, will most likely nominate another leader or one will simply take over, but for now, they might be less than effective based on prior performance under Zarqawi's command.
Zarqawi, with his "charismatic" leadership abilities had pulled many together under the MSC umbrella; as we have seen, however, many of the iraqi based groups have been steadily launching attacks under thier own banners. So while we welcome the news of Zarqawi's demise, we must realize that the terrorist insurgency in iraq will continue.
Based on our most recent analysis, the following terrorist/insurgent groups remain active in Iraq:
MSC - the "umbrella organization" (or what remains following Zarqawi's death)