The Counterterrorism blog covers this bit of cleaning up here. While Bill Roggio has some back ground of the SF unit involved in this bit of late spring cleaning here.
This is not expected to decrease insurgency activity in the short term, as also Leon de Winter observes. But in the longer term this is a big set back for jihadis everywhere in general and in Iraq in particular.
[UPDATE001] He's not just dead, he's truely, madly, deeply dead. Even Al-Qaeda is admitting it:
"We want to give you the joyous news of the martyrdom of the mujahed sheik Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," said the statement, signed by "Abu Abdel-Rahman al-Iraqi," identified as the deputy "emir" or leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.To which this cheerful fellow added:
"The death of our leaders is life for us. It will only increase our persistence in continuing holy war so that the word of God will be supreme."Yep, that's what I would say... (h/t CUANAS)
[UPDATE002] Confederate Yankee: photo!
[UPDATE003] Iraq the Model is understandably happy and reports that along AZ, another seven of his aides bought the farm, kicked the bucket, joined the choir invisible.
[UPDATE004] Kuna news: Iraqis dancing in the street after hearing the news.