The only victory this is, is a propaganda victory.
Let's get the people back on for the war effort!
Never mind that Iraq is back in shambles. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/iraq/article/791349--iraq-bombings-sparks-fears-of-civil-war
Al-Qaeda is Iraq is an odd thing.
It's amazing how this war has been all smoke and mirrors, and very little truth; much like all war, but this one has been so popularized.
The Washington Post reported on how Iraqi PM and American puppet, al-maliki revealed "Masri's and Baghdadi's deaths during a televised news conference", and further:"Maliki's government has in the past falsely reported the death and the capture of Baghdadi, most recently last spring. It never retracted the claim.""Monday's announcement appeared to put to rest the debate over whether Baghdadi was a fictional character, a real person or a composite. U.S. intelligence officials said in 2007 that they thought Baghdadi was a fictional figure created by non-Iraqi leaders to bolster the standing of the foreign-led extremist organization in a deeply nationalistic country. They later speculated that several leaders used the nom de guerre."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/19/AR2010041901693.html
And in fact, one year ago, on April 24, 2009, the Times carried the headline:Iraq Al-Qaeda boss Abu Omar al-Baghdadi 'is captured'
It reported that this same mystery man was captured by Iraqi security forces.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article6155579.ece
This was then confirmed by the Prime Ministerhttp://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/04/al_qaeda_leader_abu.php
Two years prior to that, in March of 2007, the Iraqi government reported that they caught the same terrorist, and then had to retract their statement.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17539985/
Within ONE week in March of 2007, Baghdadi was reported to be captured THREE times, and every time, it turned out to be false.http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2007/03/the_abu_omar_albagda.php
In May of 2007, Iraqi security forces announced that they had killed al-Baghdadihttp://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/03/iraq.main/
In July of 2007, the US military said he was a "fictional character" http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/world/africa/18iht-iraq.4.6718200.html?_r=1
Al-Masri, the OTHER terrorist leader in Iraq who was killed, was actually killed in May of 2007, as the Iraqi government reported at the time.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,269556,00.html
Amazingly, one year later, in May of 2008, al-Masri rose from the dead in order to be captured by US and Iraqi security forces.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article3897888.ece
This is all very reminiscent of how in July of 2006, the US killed the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Al-Zarqawi, for the FINAL time.
Like a good Hollywood bad guy, they always come back to life.