Al-Bagdhadi had been declared dead more times than Saturday Night Live, and then, several years ago, thought to be mythic and fictional by many US analysts.
The bad news? He was real.
The good news? Emphasis on the was.
Both men were found in a hole in the ground.
“The security forces surrounded the hole, and when they got them out they were dead,” Mr. Maliki said at the news conference. Mr. Maliki said computers and letters were found that included communication between the men and Osama bin Laden.
One United States soldier died during the operation in a helicopter crash, which officials said was not caused by enemy fire.
“The death of these terrorists is potentially the most significant blow to Al Qaeda in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency,” said Gen. Ray Odierno[.]
This time, the US military released a statement confirming the kills, and they've always been the ones to knock down claims of al-Baghdadi's death before.
In related news, there is no Al Qaeda in Iraq.
Barack Obama is probably pretty distraught at such military domination and success on our part, but I'm pretty sure I speak for most of the rest of us when I say this is very welcome news! Congrats to our military and the Iraqi security forces for continuing the successful onslaught against these terrorist beasts.
There's my two cents.