Today, June 8, 2006, the Deputy Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Abdul Rahman al-Iraqi, issued a statement brining ?good tidings? of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, praying that Allah accept him as a martyr, and that he may join other martyrs such as Sheikhs Abu Anas al-Shami and Abu Azzam al-Iraqi. The message is authentic and was posted to prominent password-protected al-Qaeda-affiliated forums. Abu Abdul Rahman states that the death of the jihad leaders is part of their life, and ?only increases our insistence to continue jihad so that Allah?s Word is supreme?. He adds that the jihad will continue with the same plan that Zarqawi devised, and the Mujahideen Shura Council devised under its Emir, Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi will be the ?first core? of the Muslim Nation that will rise in Iraq.
Abu Abdul Rahman al-Iraqi, Deputy Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, has in the past issued audio statements and written messages that embody Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's ideology, and pledge unwavering support to the jihad against the American and Shi'ite enemies in Iraq.
A deluge of media reports today indicate that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and seven of his aides, were killed in an air strike northeast of Baghdad today. U.S. and Iraqi officials added that Zarqawi?s body was confirmed by fingerprints and a look at his face.
A translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.