Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Kirsti Garlock, 202 225-5021, May 16, 2006

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Hyde Comments on the Death of “al-Qaeda in Iraq” Leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, made the following comments today on the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, before convening a hearing on Iraq reconstruction:

Last night at 6:15 p.m., justice was delivered to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraq’s most wanted terrorist. Although many challenges remain in Iraq, his death seriously undermines the mission of al-Qaeda. As President Bush said this morning, Zarqawi’s death has the potential to ‘…turn the tide in Iraq.’ His death is a victory in the Global War on Terror. Today we remember the innocent lives taken by Zarqawi and his terrorist network.

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