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Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri says
al-Zarqawi was a soldier and prince of martyrs

Mainichi-MSN, June 24, 2006
Cairo, Egypt -- Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader paid tribute to the slain Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a video Friday, extolling him as "the prince of martyrs" despite the rocky relationship that the terrorist leader in Iraq had with the al-Qaida command.
Watch video! The video, aired on the Qatari-based TV channel Al-Jazeera, was the first acknowledgment by al-Qaida's central leadership of the death of al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike northeast of Baghdad on June 7.
The clip showed al-Qaida's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, wearing a white robe and black turban, speaking to the camera with a picture of a smiling al-Zarqawi over his left shoulder.
Al-Zarqawi was "a soldier, a hero, an imam (Islamic cleric) and the prince of martyrs," al-Zawahri said.
His death would not set back the insurgency in Iraq, he said. In fact "the death of al-Zarqawi has defined the struggle between the crusaders and Islam in Iraq."
Al-Zawahri did not mention the successor to al-Zarqawi, which al-Qaida in Iraq has named as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer. The omission might mean the tape was recorded before the successor was chosen, or it might indicate that al-Zawahri does not endorse the new leader.
The tape was the second al-Zawahri video to appear in two days and his seventh this year. But Thursday's video, which was posted on an Islamic Web site, did not mention al-Zarqawi's death and seemed to have been recorded before.
In Washington, a counterterrorism official said U.S. intelligence experts were reviewing the tape to determine its authenticity, but there was no reason to doubt that it was al-Zawahri.
Al-Zawahri, who is believed to be hiding in the mountains on the Pakistani-Afghan border, used the tape to deliver one of his customary attacks on the United States and President George W. Bush.
"Listen you, Bush, not one of us is killed without us taking revenge for his death, god willing," al-Zawahri said.
Addressing Americans, he said: "You are not facing individuals but the whole of the Muslim nation."
"America will not (sleep) dream in security until security has become a reality in Palestine and the other Muslim countries," al-Zawahri said.
"Tell me," he asked Americans, "how many of your people have been killed? How much your economy has lost, and how much has the morale of your soldiers collapsed?"
He attacked the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, who was born in Afghanistan.
Khalilzad is "an Afghani renegade who has abandoned his religion, emigrated to America and bowed at the feet of the Zionists," al-Zawahri said.
He also attacked Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, accusing him of betraying the Islamic principles of his Dawa party.
"Nouri al-Maliki, who has been selling out Islam to reach the chair of power, collaborated with the crusader invaders before and after the invasion (of Iraq)," al-Zawahri said. "After the invasion, he abandoned Islamic law, prevented the implementation of Islamic rule, and fought the mujahedeen under the banner of the crusader Bush."
Al-Zawahri and his colleagues had clearly taken pains to make the video into a homage to al-Zarqawi. Normally al-Zawahri normally appears on video against a plain background with no feature other than an automatic rifle.
In Friday's tape, however, the background was an elaborate affair: a mournful mixture of blacks and dark reds, dominated by the photo of al-Zarqawi, and two dull gold columns. Whereas al-Zarqawi photographs often show a stern, if not threatening face, the picture chosen for the video showed a happy, a likable person, who was probably laughing at a joke. Just a glimpse of al-Zawahri's rifle was visible at the extreme left of the background.
During his leadership of al-Qaida's Iraqi branch, al-Zarqawi swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden, the network's overall leader, but often had tense relations with him and al-Zawahri.
In July 2005, al-Zawahri reportedly wrote a letter to al-Zarqawi criticizing his attacks on Iraqi Shiite mosques and civilians, saying they hurt the mujahedeen's image. The al-Qaida deputy also asked al-Zarqawi for money, according to the U.S. military, which said it intercepted the message.
Al-Zarqawi apparently brushed off the criticism as he continued to attack Shiites, a strategy intended to spark a Sunni-Shiite civil war.
Al-Zawahri's reported request for money suggests that funds were flowing more readily to al-Zarqawi than to the al-Qaida command. The money probably came from supporters in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, where many of al-Zarqawi's fighters came from.
With his spectacular bomb attacks, al-Zarqawi vaulted to a hero's status among Islamic extremists across the world, stealing the spotlight from bin Laden.
In 2005 bin Laden vanished from the public eye, issuing not a single audio or videotape, but al-Zarqawi's group frequently put out messages. He portrayed himself as al-Qaida's fighter on the hottest front of "jihad" or holy war.
The tension between al-Zarqawi and al-Qaida's command appears to have faded by early 2006 because this year al-Zawahri issued two videotapes in which he effusively praised al-Zarqawi. The second one appeared a day after the militant's death, but it had been recorded beforehand. (AP)
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Iraqi cleric:
Zarqawi an excuse for US occupation

Imam of the al-Kazemiya mosque in Baghdad thinks
Zarqawi is invention by occupiers to divide people

Cleric says al-Zarqawi died long ago
Ajazera.net, Friday 16 September 2005
Paris - Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is dead but Washington continues to use him as  a bogeyman to justify a prolonged military occupation, an Iraqi Shiite cleric said in an interview published here Friday.
Sheikh Jawad al-Kalesi, the imam of the al-Kazemiya mosque in Baghdad, told Le Monde newspaper: "I don't think that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi exists as such. He's simply an invention by the occupiers to divide the people."
Kalesi claimed that Zarqawi was killed in the Kurdish northern region of Iraq at the beginning of the US-led war on the country as he was meeting with members of the Ansar Al-Islam group affiliated to Al-Qaeda.
"His family in Jordan even held a ceremony after his death. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is therefore a ploy used by the Americans, an excuse to continue the occupation. It's a pretext so they don't leave Iraq."
Kalesi made the comments to Le Monde as he passed through Paris after attending an inter-religious gathering in the eastern French city of Lyon organised by the Roman Catholic Sant'Egidio Community.
The cleric dismissed statements attributed to Zarqawi.
He said an  audio message posted on the Internet Wednesday and attributed to Zarqawi, was meant to push Shiites "to find refuge with the Americans rather than join the resistance."
Listen it!The voice message declared "all-out war" on Iraqi Shiites and claimed responsibility for a series of suicide attacks that killed more than 150 people, most of them Shiites waiting to be hired as day labourers in Baghdad.
"If the occupation continues, the situation will only get worse and the Iraqi will increasingly join the resistance," Kalesi said.
Iraq's main Sunni Arab religious authority, the Committee of Muslim Scholars, has condemned the call to arms against Shiites, calling it "very dangerous" and saying it "plays into the hands of the occupier who wants to split up the country and spark a sectarian war."
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"February 2004 Coalition Provisional Authority
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Margaret Hassan, a kidnapped aid worker who spent decades bringing food and medicine to Iraqis, was believed murdered after Al-Jazeera television said Tuesday it received a video showing a hooded militant shooting a blindfolded woman in the head. (AP, Nov 16, 2004) 
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Qaqa Brigade
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 VIDEO!Kenneth Bigley beheaded
Oct 10, 2004 -
Jamaat Al-tawheed wal Jihad terrorist group released a video showing the brutal murder and decapitation of British hostage Kenneth Bigley. The video is strikingly different from the ones that the group released two weeks ago of murder of their two American hostages. In this video, Bigley makes a final statement to the camera, then the group pronounces its "death sentence". The six masked men stand in front of a brick wall. They are not dressed in their traditional black clothing, but appear to be in street clothing, lending credence to the reports that this was a hastily held execution.The video is violent and horrific. It is not suitable for children to view, and many adults will find it disturbing.
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France has blamed attempts of a self-appointed and unofficial mediator in the hostage crisis in Iraq for frustrating the country's efforts to gain their release. French MP and mediator Didier Julia has been leading unofficial attempts to free the two journalists. According to Foreign Minister Michel Barnier indirect contact has been established with the hostage-takers but it was broke by Julia's private efforts.
Didier Julia Earlier this week Julia said that the release of the two French journalists failed after a group of Iraqis transporting them was bombarded by U.S. forces. The two French journalists Christian Chesnot, 37, and George Malbrunot, 41, were arrested in Iraq in August.
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"Tawhid and Jihad announces that it has executed the British citizen and gives you the good news of kidnapping seven British soldiers," the statement said. "We will be releasing the tape shortly." (Sep 25, 2004)

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    "It's a circle of violence," Sadoun al-Dulami said. If a man's relative is killed by American bombs or bullets, he must retaliate by killing another American, he said. "They feel it is their right to behead an American, regardless of their job, whether they are a soldier, journalist or aid worker."
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    For the Record: 10 July 2004
    His real name is Fadel al-Khalayleh, of Bedouin stock.
    His tribe, the Beni Hassan, straddles many borders in the modern Middle East.
    Zarqawi is said to have a rivalry with Bin Laden, both of whom gained prominence in the "jihad" against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
    After that Zarqawi spent several years in Jordan and was detained on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the monarchy and establish an Islamic caliphate.
    After his release, he fled the country.
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    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has a horrific history of terrorist acts and a reputation as a brutal, merciless killer.
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    With a bounty of $25 million (£13.9 million) on his head, the 37-year-old is one of the most wanted people in Iraq. According to the US State Department: "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has had a long-standing connection to senior Al Qaeda leadership and appears to be highly regarded among Al Qaeda and is a close associate of Osama bin Laden and Saif Al-Adel (wanted for the bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania)."
    His ruthlessness was demonstrated last month with the beheading of US hostage Eugene Armstrong - an act he is suspected of carrying out. Footage of the ritual execution of fellow American Jack Hensley was released just 24 hours later.
    American killings
    His group, Tawhid and Jihad, previously claimed responsibility for the decapitation of American Nicholas Berg, and threatened a similar fate for Mr Bigley if their demands to release all women from Iraqi prisons were not met. Born in Jordan and of Palestinian descent, al-Zarqawi is seen as the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
    He is also accused of orchestrating a spate of suicide bombings including attacks on Shiites in Karbala and Baghdad. It is also alleged he claimed responsibility for suicide boat attacks that killed three Americans and disabled Iraq's biggest oil terminal for more than 24 hours in April 2004.
    The 37-year-old is believed to be of Bedouin stock, and his tribe, the Beni Hassan, straddles many borders in the modern Middle East. Born in Zarqa, a poor and crime-ridden industrial town north west of Amman, his wife is still said to live there with their four children.
    In the town, he is remembered as a troubled youngster, ill-educated and a petty criminal. He is believed to have dropped out of school at 17 and - according to intelligence reports - was jailed for sexual assault.
    He fled his life of poverty to fight in the Afghan war against Soviet occupation but after apparently missing out on battle, he worked as a journalist on an Islamic publication.
    Increasingly radical
    He returned to Jordan but his increasing radicalism led to him spending seven years in prison accused of conspiring to overthrow the monarchy and establish an Islamic caliphate.
    On his release in 1999 - and after reputedly becoming a feared jail leader - it is thought he spent time in Europe. German security services later reportedly uncovered a militant cell which claimed al-Zarqawi as its leader. He may then have returned to his Afghan base - also home to Al Qaeda training camps - where he specialised in manufacturing poisons and taught "students" how to make the lethal chemicals.
    In 2001 he suffered a leg injury in a US missile attack against his base. The leg is later believed to have been amputated and he fled to Iraq.
    Wanted man
    He first came to public prominence when US Secretary of State Colin Powell highlighted concerns about him during the run-up to the war in Iraq in 2003.
    He told the UN that the terrorist network in Iraq was centred on al-Zarqawi.
    He claimed the militant was operating in parts of Iraq free from the power of Saddam Hussein but controlled by an Islamic group called Ansar al-Islam (Supporters of Islam).
    Al-Zarqawi is also wanted by Jordanian authorities. A military court sentenced him to death in his absence for leading a conspiracy to kill US aid worker Laurence Foley, 60, who was gunned down outside his Amman home in 2002. Moroccan authorities believe he helped guide the Madrid train bombings which killed 202 people earlier this year, and he has also been linked to similar attacks in Casablanca and Istanbul.
    Earlier this year, the US released a letter allegedly from al-Zarqawi to Osama bin Laden.
    A group linked to al-Zarqawi is suspected of being behd violent outbreaks in June that killed more than 100 people in five Iraqi cities.