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Zarqawi's death: Iraqis speak
Iraqis dance with soldiers in Baghdad after hearing of death of Zarqawi.
Many Iraqis have welcomed the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Many Iraqis have expressed relief and joy on hearing that the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been killed.

The BBC News website asked four Iraqis from different sections of society for their reaction.


MAITHAM JAWAD, 50, ENGINEER, BAGHDAD, SHIA

I, my wife and family are all so happy, but at the same time we have mixed feelings because this comes too late for us.

Just a month ago my brother-in-law was killed in Baquba. The terrorists attacked him in his house, shot him in front of his family. Four or five bullets in the head and chest.

We don't know why. He has no connection with any party. Now his children are living with us.

We are afraid. Who will guarantee that a new Zarqawi will not come again. His companions may want revenge. The violence may increase.

I make no difference between Shias and Sunnis. If I hear one has been killed by another, I feel sad.

But we thank God for good things. Maybe this is the first step on the right way.

AYSAR AL OUSSI, COMPUTER PROGRAMMER, 27, BAQUBA, SUNNI

The killing of Zarqawi will not affect the situation in Iraq as much as the media analysts seem to think.

Zarqawi is not the only one responsible for the escalating violence. There are many other armed groups involved.

Zarqawi had a great number of supporters in my town

The US forces want to cover up their failure to capture Osama Bin Laden through killing one of his top lieutenants in Iraq.

Many people in my town of Baquba saw Zarqawi as an instrument to end occupation in Iraq.

Residents here are divided between believing and denying his death. He had a great number of supporters in my town.

I think military operations against the Americans will increase in revenge for his killing.

RASHID, DOCTOR, 30, BASRA, SHIA

Mother mourns son killed in bombing in Basra
Funerals happen every day
This is very good news, but I don't think it will make much difference to the violence here in Basra.

There is no security here at all.

Basra is turning into a very Islamic, fundamentalist city.

The number one enemy here is not the Sunni insurgency, but the Shia Islamic parties and the Shia mafia - their oil smuggling and embezzlement.

They control the police and the national guard.

It's not just the Sunnis being targeted - anyone can be hit.

So, although this is good news for Iraq, it won't make any difference in Basra.

WARIA SALHI, 35, KIRKUK, SUNNI KURD

I am pleased. I can feel a sense of relief among Iraqis.

Zarqawi was killed near the main highway from Kirkuk to Baghdad that I use. Now I can drive there more safely.

The latest threats are kidnappings. I imagine this will continue

I would not expect the whole situation to calm down at once.

The wider message that someone like him can be killed is important and exciting for the rest of Iraq, though.

Security here in Kirkuk is like a wave, it comes and goes.

Out of 10 bombings, I would say Zarqawi only had something to do with 2 or 3 of them. He is given credit for the rest.

The latest threats are not bombs and killings, but kidnappings. And I don't think Zarqawi had much to do with that.

Two weeks ago they captured one of my colleagues, a very close associate. They wanted $50,000. We negotiated down to $20,000 and he was released.

In Baghdad it is even worse. I imagine this will continue.






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