Thursday, June 08, 2006
Sen. Pat Roberts on al-Zarqawi's death
The following is a statement from Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican and Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, regarding the death of "al Qaeda in Iraq" leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi:

As Central Intelligence Agency Director General Hayden told me this morning, better cooperation, hard work and patience paid off.

General Hayden also stressed this obviously was a joint success with regard to both human intelligence and signals intelligence -- and a result of greater cooperation among our military forces, intelligence assets and Iraqi forces.

We can expect more aggressive action and follow-up. But we should also understand, this success may be followed by retaliation with an increase in violence -- but we should not be discouraged.

In addition, there may well be a succession struggle within with the insurgency of which we can take advantage. Zarqawi's death and the information we have obtained will make the leadership of the insurgency more vulnerable.
Posted By Greg Botelho, CNN Washington Bureau: 6/08/2006 12:53:00 PM ET | Permalink
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