Van Taylor Congratulates Troops On Delivering Justice To Al-Zarqawi
Major Threat to Iraq's National Security Neutralized
WACO- - United States Marine, Iraq War combat veteran and candidate for United States Congress, Van Taylor reacted to the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, and congratulated US troops.
Zarqawi, who was referred to as the "Prince of Al Qaeda," was responsible for leading the sectarian violence and terrorist attacks against US and coalition troops.
"Every American should be especially proud of today's success in Iraq," said Taylor of the news of Zarqawi's death. "Our men and women in uniform have fought and sacrificed for years to make this achievement. We should be especially proud of our Special Operations Forces, whom I served with during my own time in Iraq. This is another step on the long path to giving our children an America safe from terrorism and creating a free and democratic Iraq."
Taylor, who served in Iraq, volunteered for duty with the Marine Corps' C Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion and was activated to fight with the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. As a Captain, Van led missions behind enemy lines for the 4500 Marine Task Force Tarawa, including the leadership of the Task Force's first platoon to enter Iraq before the start of the main invasion.
During the war to liberate Iraq, Van's platoon encountered, and defeated, several Fedayeen ambushes, participated in the operation to rescue American P.O.W. Jessica Lynch and rescued 31 wounded men-under-fire during a counter attack by several thousand Iraqi soldiers. Van was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" for Valor, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation.