Khalilzad says he was informed yesterday by General George Casey that the military was getting close to al-Zarqawi and that there was no plan to move in troops for a possible capture.
"That was not brought up," he said "The only means that could be applied in a timely fashion was the attack by air power and that was decided by General Casey as the right thing to do."
U.S. jet fighters dropped two 500 pound bombs on a house in a field about five miles north of Baqubah. The strike took place at 6:15 p.m. Baghdad time, 10:15 am. in Washington, D.C.
Initial reports that al-Zarqawi had survived the attack, with severe injuries, were later denied by U.S. officials. They said al-Zarqawi was killed outright in the bombing.