Senator Jim Talent and his Democratic opponent, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, issued statements following the announcement of the death of terrorist leader Al-Zarqawi.
The killing of Al-Zarqawi is another success for U.S. and Iraqi forces in a very necessary fight. He was the most visible, most violent, and most radical of the foreign fighters in Iraq. Last night’s attack was the culmination of many weeks of intelligence gathering by U.S. and Iraqi forces. The intelligence obtained from the strike on this safe house provided coalition forces with information leading to attacks on seventeen subsequent locations in the Baghdad area. It’s important to understand that this success was the result of good intelligence gathering. We don’t know the details on how that intelligence was gathered but we can speculate with a degree of certainty that Iraqi forces and Iraqi contacts were crucial to this important success. That shows the importance of having Iraq as an ally in the global war on terror. This close cooperation between U.S. and Iraqi forces, with Iraqi forces increasingly shouldering the burden, is how we will defeat the insurgents and allow our service men and women to come home as soon as possible. Click here to listen to my remarks.
Ms. McCaskill's statement:
"I'm proud of the U.S. military. I am glad they have killed a major terrorist in Iraq. We all remain hopeful that the Iraqi people can move toward protecting their own country; unfortunately, we still have a long way to go."