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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Thursday, 8 June 2006, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
Thursday, 8 June, 2006
By Kirsty Wark
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Kirsty Wark


Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
What difference will Zarqawi's death make to the Iraqi insurgency?
It is being billed as the most successful operation since the capture of Saddam Hussein. The leader of al Queda in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, one of the world's most wanted men, died in a US air strike last night.

We examine all the details of the intelligence which led to the attack, and the military operation. Who provided the crucial tip off and what role did the $25m bounty play? Peter Marshall is in Washington.

We also explore how a street thug from Jordan became one of the most brutal terroists in the world. What impact will his death have on the insurgency, if any?


We have an interview with one of the President's leading hawks, the US ambassador to the UN John Bolton. He talks to us about Zarqawi, his view of Iran as the leading banker for terrorism - and what he thinks about Tony Blair for the top UN job.

... versus the UN

The blunt Mr Bolton also tells us why he is engaged in a war of words with the UN Deputy General Secretary Mark Malloch Brown, who accused the Bush administration of failing to stand up for the UN against its domestic critics.

John Bolton has demanded Kofi Annan repudiate the comments. Kofi Annan is not obliging.

World Cup Crick

And we launch our own super fan at the World Cup. Despite concerns over Michael Crick's general fitness, and against the wishes of Sir Alex Ferguson, I can confirm that he has successfully arrived in Germany.

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