U.S. officials: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been killed.
UPDATE: Also yesterday, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki finally filled the remaining security-related positions in his cabinet, completing the formation of Iraq’s first permanent government:
The Iraqi parliament approved on Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s candidates for interior and defense ministers, ending wrangling that had threatened to plunge his three-week-old unity government into crisis.
UPDATE II: “The news [of Zarqawi’s death] came amid more reports of violence in Iraq, with two bombs striking a market and a police patrol in Baghdad, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 40.”
UPDATE III: Reports from U.S. military officials indicate Zarqawi was exposed by those closest to him, suggesting an internal power struggle. Gen. George W. Casey, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said, “Tips and intelligence from Iraqi senior leaders from his network led forces to al-Zarqawi and some of his associates who were conducting a meeting … when the air strike was launched.”