West Virginia University has experts available to offer comment and take reporters’questions on the death of Iraq terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

They are:

  • Dr. Joe Hagan , professor and chair, department of political science; director of international studies. Areas of expertise include foreign policy analysis, world politics and international relations. Dr. Hagan can be reached at 304-599-2043.

  • Dr. Bob Duval, associate professor, political science. Areas of expertise include international relations and national security policy. He can be reached at 304-293-3811, ext. 5299 (after 1:15 p.m. today) or at home in the evening before 9 p.m. at 304-293-2655.

  • Dr. Jason Parker, assistant professor, history. Areas of expertise include U.S. and international relations, American diplomacy. He can be reached by email only at: Jason.parker@mail.wvu.edu

  • Dr. Scott Crichlow, assistant professor, political science. Areas of expertise include Middle East politics, political psychology, and foreign policy. He can be reached at 304-685-5943.

  • Dr. Larry Nichols , professor of sociology. His areas of expertise include international terrorism. He can be reached at 304-293-5801, ext. 3206 or larry.nichols@mail.wvu.edu .

al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and the top target of the military coalition supporting the country’s democracy, was killed Wednesday in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

President Bush today called al-Zarqawi’s death �€?a severe blow to al-Qaeda and victory in the global war on terror.�€?