Leaders of the nations that have led and participated in the invasion and occupation of Iraq have praised the killing of al-Zarqawi, calling it a blow to al Qaeda. However, many leaders still warned that al-Zarqawi's network of lieutenants might step in to carry out his campaign of death and destruction in Iraq.
In a press conference, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the death of al-Zarqawi is a strike against al Qaeda in Iraq and a strike against al Qaeda everywhere.
Yet Blair remained reserved about what the public should expect from the killing. "We should have no illusions. We know that they will continue to kill. We know there are many, many obstacles to overcome, but they also know that our determination to defeat them is total."
Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said al-Zarqawi's death is a hopeful sign that security is improving. "I hear that Iraqis gave out the information to cooperate in cracking down [on] terrorism. So, I think it was a step forward." Japan has 600 troops in southern Iraq, performing humanitarian missions in support of the U.S.-led coalition.
Australiaian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said, "I am delighted that al-Zarqawi has been killed. I think this is a tremendous tribute to the new Iraqi government and let me also pay tribute to the Americans and the American forces who, of course, played a part in this, as well."
Comments in Arabic translated by Rhonda Webster, ABC News