Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement on the death of Zarqawi and the current situation in Iraq.
“The death of Zarqawi, along with some of his top operatives, is very welcome news. It also strikes a major blow to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
“Zarqawi’s death shows our troops are working well with the Iraqi security forces and our intelligence gathering capabilities have improved. Today, we should also be very proud of our American troops, the finest in the world, who played a vital role in hunting down this ruthless killer. Because of their work, justice has now been served.
“The situation in Iraq has shown some improvement. The recent appointments of a new Minister of Defense and a Minister of the Interior are welcome news as these are important posts controlling the armed forces and police. Filling these positions represent a significant breakthrough on the political scene in Iraq.
“I’m hopeful the combination of Zarqawi’s death and the appointment of Ministers for these key positions will give us momentum for more political and military success in Iraq.”