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Bush: Zarqawi dead. To discuss how to ``best deploy'' U.S. resources in Iraq next week.


With an hour notice, the White House on Thursday put a 6:30 a.m. Chicago time statement by President Bush on his schedule to comment from the Rose Garden on the killing of terrorist mastermind al Zarqawi.

``Zarqawi is dead, but the difficult and necessary mission in Iraq continues. We can expect the terrorists and insurgents to carry on without him,'' Bush said.

the president's sked.....

This morning, President Bush will make remarks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. Following the prayer breakfast, the President will participate in a meeting with Governors on the line-item veto. The Governors of 43 states have line-item veto authority, and President Bush is asking Congress to grant him this tool to cut needless spending, reduce the budget deficit, and ensure every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely.

Later, President Bush will meet with President Bachelet of Chile. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues including their shared commitment to advance freedom and democracy, the importance of free trade to sustained economic growth, and continuing cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

8:00 am: EDT THE PRESIDENT makes Remarks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast
JW Marriott Hotel | Washington, DC

10:10 am: EDT THE PRESIDENT participates in a Meeting with Governors on the Line Item Veto
The White House | Washington, DC

11:10 am: EDT THE PRESIDENT meets with the President of Chile
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statement ...........


Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release June 8, 2006


Rose Garden

Washington, D.C.

7:31 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Last night in Iraq, United States military forces killed the terrorist al Zarqawi. At 6:15 p.m. Baghdad time, special operation forces, acting on tips and intelligence from Iraqis, confirmed Zarqawi's location, and delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq.

Zarqawi was the operational commander of the terrorist movement in Iraq. He led a campaign of car bombings, assassinations and suicide attacks that has taken the lives of many American forces and thousands of innocent Iraqis. Osama bin Laden called this Jordanian terrorist "the prince of al Qaeda in Iraq." He called on the terrorists around the world to listen to him and obey him. Zarqawi personally beheaded American hostages and other civilians in Iraq. He masterminded the destruction of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. He was responsible for the assassination of an American diplomat in Jordan, and the bombing of a hotel in Amman.

Through his every action, he sought to defeat America and our coalition partners, and turn Iraq into a safe haven from which al Qaeda could wage its war on free nations. To achieve these ends, he worked to divide Iraqis and incite civil war. And only last week he released an audio tape attacking Iraq's elected leaders, and denouncing those advocating the end of sectarianism.

Now Zarqawi has met his end, and this violent man will never murder again. Iraqis can be justly proud of their new government and its early steps to improve their security. And Americans can be enormously proud of the men and women of our armed forces, who worked tirelessly with their Iraqi counterparts to track down this brutal terrorist and put him out of business.

The operation against Zarqawi was conducted with courage and professionalism by the finest military in the world. Coalition and Iraqi forces persevered through years of near misses and false leads, and they never gave up. Last night their persistence and determination were rewarded. On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate our troops on this remarkable achievement.

Zarqawi is dead, but the difficult and necessary mission in Iraq continues. We can expect the terrorists and insurgents to carry on without him. We can expect the sectarian violence to continue. Yet the ideology of terror has lost one of its most visible and aggressive leaders.

Zarqawi's death is a severe blow to al Qaeda. It's a victory in the global war on terror, and it is an opportunity for Iraq's new government to turn the tide of this struggle. A few minutes ago I spoke to Prime Minister Maliki. I congratulated him on close collaboration between coalition and Iraqi forces that helped make this day possible. Iraq's freely elected Prime Minister is determined to defeat our common enemies and bring security and the rule of law to all its people.

Earlier this morning he announced the completion of his cabinet appointments, with the naming of a new Minister of Defense, a new Minister of the Interior, and a new Minister of State for National Security. These new ministers are part of a democratic government that represents all Iraqis. They will play a vital role as the Iraqi government addresses its top priorities -- reconciliation and reconstruction and putting an end to the kidnappings and beheadings and suicide bombings that plague the Iraqi people. I assured Prime Minister Maliki that he will have the full support of the United States of America.

On Monday I will meet with my national security team and other key members of my Cabinet at Camp David to discuss the way forward in Iraq. Our top diplomats and military commanders in Iraq will give me an assessment of recent changes in the political and economic and security situation on the ground. On Tuesday, Iraq's new Ambassador to the United States will join us, and we will have a teleconference discussion with the Prime Minister and members of his cabinet. Together we will discuss how to best deploy America's resources in Iraq and achieve our shared goal of an Iraq that can govern itself, defend itself and sustain itself.

We have tough days ahead of us in Iraq that will require the continued patience of the American people. Yet the developments of the last 24 hours give us renewed confidence in the final outcome of this struggle: the defeat of terrorism threats, and a more peaceful world for our children and grandchildren.

May God bless the Iraqi people and may God continue to bless America.

END 7:37 A.M. EDT



I know right now , they have turned the corner is Iraq. There wil be some bumps on the road ,but, this is a major war and we just won another major battle. GOD BLESS AMERICA! THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD, PERIOD!!!

I am happy they got him,but it means nothing.There are 1000's in Iraq who want us dead.80 percent of the Iraqi want us out.Turning the coner will mean when our heroes can come home.To the waiting arms of their families.

There will be more major problems in Iraq, no doubt about it. But this is great news, and it is a major accomplishment. Unlike what some believe, 80% of Iraqi's do not want us out yet. They have enough smarts to realize the outcome of an early withdrawel. When all of this is said and done, we will see a major shift in the area and the world with regards to all of this fundamentalist balony.
What would speed up the success of this campaign is Muslims speaking up and being counted for something other than sitting on their hands. It is time for them to join the modern world, or be wiped off the planet enventually.

I'm not impressed, the target is supposed to be Bin-Laden not his lackey!! The one guy who actually was apart of 9/11 and brags about it constantly, we choose to ignore. People are so easily impressed. After Zarqawi, there will be another and another and another. We must kill the head! End of story!

Al-Zarcrazy was killed and it was worth the 25 million dollars. How could someone say that we are ignoring Osama bin Laden? He is being searched for. Osama is next. His back is already being painted by a predator! By the way it is too bad that we can't send a predator to hit Matt Hale, our own domestic terrorist who is responsible for the horrendous murder of the relatives of Judge Lefkow. Why give free room and board to a cowardly nazi?

This murderer was the top killer and planner al queda had, HE GONE! What dont you moron government cheese eating people dont understand that we could be fighting these murderers here instead of there! What are you missing? These people want to kill all of us! Your so worried about protecting gay marriage what would the islamo-fascists do to gay people if they win the WAR? Immagration , what about border safety , they broke the law to begin with! Mexico wont give them an opportunity so they come here and wave mexican flags, and then want to know why we are pissed off! What morons want to make the USA ..gasp..mexico , so then the corruption will force us to become illegal in gasp,..Canada. Bin Laden is the Jimmy Carter of al-queda nobody listens to him anymore. He is hiding in a cave and buring his head in the sand. We will get him but tactically he is nutered. Zarqawi is now with his 57 virgins, and we wouldnt want it any other way! Dont forget Reagans comeback in 83 and 86/87 ..he had lower numbers or as low as Bush and came back. Bush will be remember 10 years from now as a great one and Carter/Clinton ....hmmm....he he he!

Yes 80% of the Iraqi want us out by all reports.Saying that they will be wipe off the face of the earth is the mind set that got us to this point.That is what we are fighting that mind set.So who is the enemy to us

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