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Crapo Notes 'Leader Of Iraqi al Qaeda' Is Dead

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is congratulating U.S. military personnel today on the death of Iraqâ??s al Qaeda terror leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and several of his senior aides. Al-Zarqawi is believed to be the leader of the terrorist forces in Iraq and is believed directly responsible for the deaths of Americans held captive in Iraq. He also has been linked to terrorist attacks in Iraq and his home country of Jordan. Crapo released the following statement: â??This is without doubt a major victory for all of our fighting men and women in Iraq. They are to be congratulated on their efforts today and every day as they advance the war against terrorism overseas so it does not return to American shores.â??This day is made even more significant by the fact that the Iraqi government today put in place new ministers for three departmentsâ??defense, interior, and national security. The new government is taking root and flourishing at the same time Iraqâ??s most notorious terrorist is dead.â??We are seeing Iraqis take control of their government, their defense, and their freedom. It is a day to give thanks for the brave efforts of our troops fighting terrorism throughout the world. While the terror campaign against Iraq, the United States, and the rest of the world has not ended, we should recognize all those who have struggled mightily to help realize todayâ??s important developments.â??Crapo visited Iraq and Jordan in June 2005 and met with Iraq officials and U.S. and coalition forces deployed to the region.# # #