Death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

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It was personal with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. When American businessman Nicholas Berg's head was cut off on videotape, the voice of the knife-wielding cutter was identified as Zarqawi's.

He dreamed, along with Sunni terror chief Osama bin Laden, of a new Islamic caliphate stretching far across the Middle East. He hated Americans. He hated a lot of Muslims — specifically the Shiites, who are most of Iraq — and pushed hard for civil war.

Now, we are told, Zarqawi is dead, killed in a US air strike. It's a victory for the US effort, celebrated by the Iraqi government. So, how big a victory?

Hear about the the killing of Zarqawi, and the struggle in Iraq now.


Jon Finer, Baghad correspondent for The Washington Post

Kamran Karadahi, spokesman for President Jalal Talabani

Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Sarah Lawrence College, author of, "Journey of the Jihadist: Inside the Muslim Militancy"

Jeremy Binney, senior analyst with Jane's Terror and Insurgency Center

Christopher Dickey, Middle East Regional Editor and Paris bureau chief, Newsweek

Kristen Gillespie, CBS News reporter, Amman, Jordan.

This program aired on June 8, 2006.


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