While some U.S. officials are downplaying the possibility that terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed over the weekend, that possibility hasn't been ruled out. It appears that Army forensic experts have been busy scraping body fragments from that house in Mosul (where sevreal terrorists blew themselves up), collecting DNA for comparison with Zarqawi family members in Jordan. You may recall that the Zarqawi family officially "disowned" their most infamous member after ther recent homicide bombings in Jordan. If Zarqawi is, in fact, among the dead, I'm guessing that there won't be much sorrow among his relatives.
It will probably take several weeks to complete DNA testing, but confirmation of Zarqawi's demise would be a nice Christmas present in the War on Terror. BTW, you can expect the release of at least one audio tape in the coming days, proclaiming that Zarqawi is alive and well. That would cast doubts over any coalition claim that Zarqawi had died, and inspire his followers to fight on.