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Cablegate: Kuwait Media Reaction - Iraq After Zarqawi's Death and His

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SUBJECT: KUWAIT MEDIA REACTION - IRAQ AFTER ZARQAWI'S DEATH AND HIS
FOLLOWERS

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Friday, June 16, 2006

-- Amar Taqi commented in moderate Arabic daily Al-Rai Al-Aam under
the title "Al-Zarqawi and the Conspiracy Theory" (6/16): "Those who
cried over Zarqawi are the very same people who cried over the
former Iraqi dictator and were sympathetic. It is the same case for
the pan-Arab satellite channels that set aside all the crimes and
massacres Zarqawi committed against civilians and turned their
attention to, according to conspiracy theories, looking into the
'truth' behind the timing of Zarqawi's killing and the completion of
the formation of the Iraqi government and the American-Iranian ease.
Iraq won its first round against terrorism. There is no doubt that
Zarqawi's death is a step for Iraqis in the direction of
guaranteeing their country's future and its unity. Therefore, the
Iraqi government must take advantage before the opportunity passes
and work to unite Iraqis and dismantle the infrastructure of the
terrorist cells, Baathists, and Zarqawists, who even after the
demise of 'their leader who taught them sorcery' (a verse from the
Quran) carry out their destruction in Iraq."

-- Ahmed Bu Dostoor stated in moderate Arabic daily Al-Watan under
the title "Mecca's People Know Its Streets" (6/15): "Iraq is
witnessing a new era following the absence of the head of terrorism,
the butcher Al-Zarqawi, who inflicted all kinds of torture upon
Iraqis and spread destruction and mayhem in Iraqi cities. However,
God watches over his subjects and for all things, there is an
end.... We say to the terrorists who follow Zarqawi and other
Takfiris, your end is near and your vanishing close so lift your
hands from Iraq and its people."

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For more reporting from Embassy Kuwait, visit:
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Visit Kuwait's Classified Website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/kuwait/
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