CARTER: KILLING OF AL ZARQAWI IS A GREAT VICTORY IN WAR ON TERRORISM
U.S. Representative John Carter (TX-31) made the following statement in response to the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It has also been reported that the 4th Infantry Division, stationed in Fort Hood, was the first U.S. forces on the ground:
"The news of Al-Zarqawi's death is great news for the people of Iraq and the free nations that stand against terrorism. I am particularly proud to hear that the 4th Infantry Division was the first of the U.S. forces on the ground. When I visited the 4th ID in Iraq in April, many soldiers shared with pride stories about their efforts to support the Iraqis.
"I applaud the Iraqi forces and American troops for their tireless efforts and ultimate success in seeing this relentless murderer put to death. Zarqawi was the most wanted terrorist in Iraq--directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people and we are safer today than we were yesterday.
"While violence is expected to continue, this is a significant blow to the Al Qaeda network and terrorists. This is an important milestone for the mission in Iraq, and our service men and women should be applauded for yet another success in fighting the War on Terrorism.
"The news of Al-Zarqawi's death and the completion of the new Iraqi government exemplify the dedication of our American troops in providing the tools for the Iraqi people to establish a united, free, and sovereign Iraq."