The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq, will hardly change the Iraqi situation for the better, Chairman of Russia's Security Committee of the lower house of parliament said here on Thursday.
"Terrorists may sometimes provoke the use of force even by such countries as the United States, as has happened in Iraq. It is hard to find a way out of the difficult situation in Iraq, and the elimination of a terrorist ringleader will not solve the problem," Vladimir Vasilyev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.
"It is good that the world has one notorious terrorist less, but, unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to stop a conflict that already has ethnic and religious aspects," Vasilyev said.
"These aspects complicate the situation, and I fear that the elimination of al-Zarqawi won't change the general situation in Iraq," he said.
Tensions and terrorist acts, which are perpetrated in Iraq almost every day, have gone beyond al-Qaida, and this must be taken into consideration, he said.
The elimination of terrorists should go on, but it is important to take comprehensive actions, Vasilyev said. It is also important not to succumb to terrorist provocations or plunge into new armed conflicts, he said.
American and Iraqi officials have announced the death of Zarqawi and seven of his top aides in a joint U.S.-Iraqi raid near Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday evening.
Zarqawi, with a 25 million U.S. bounty on his head, is believed to be the top leader of the al-Qaida terror group in Iraq.