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U.S. Aides Report Evidence Tying Al Qaeda to Attacks

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian suspected of ties to Al Qaeda, is now thought likely to have played a role in at least three major car-bomb attacks in Iraq that have killed well over 100 people in the last six months, according to senior American officials. Intelligence information, including some gathered in recent weeks, has provided “mounting evidence” to suggest that Mr. Zarqawi was involved in the bombings, including the attacks in August on a Shiite mosque in Najaf and the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, and the attack in November on an Italian police headquarters. One official cautioned that the evidence stopped short of firm proof about involvement by Mr. Zarqawi. But the official said the intelligence had added significantly to concern about Mr. Zarqawi, who one official said was now “really viewed as the most adept terrorist operative in Iraq, in terms of foreigners planning terrorist activities.” Full Story

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