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The 'Al Qaeda' memo, Zarqawi, and civil war in Iraq

The US may have found the “first hard link” between a threatened civil war in Iraq and the world’s most infamous terrorist group, Al Qaeda, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The newest evidence of this link comes in the form of a 17-page memo that US forces confiscated from an Al Qaeda suspect arrested in Iraq in mid-January. A reporter from The New York Times, the first major newspaper to report the story, first viewed an Arabic copy of the memo and a military translation Sunday. US officials told the Times that they believe Abu Musab Zarqawi, a Jordanian who has long been suspected by the United States of having ties to Al Qaeda, wrote the undated document to senior leaders of the terrorist organization asking for help to wage a “sectarian war” in Iraq in the next months. Full Story

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