The US State Department said it had doubled to 10 million dollars the reward for information leading to the capture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda. “Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has authorized an increase in the reward offer for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from five million dollars to 10 million dollars to encourage individuals to come forward with information,” State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement Thursday. Zarqawi, linked to a wave of terror attacks aimed at derailing the power transfer in Iraq, “has had a long-standing connection to senior al-Qaeda leadership and appears to be highly regarded among al-Qaeda,” the statement added, noting that he is “a close associate” of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The US Army announced Wednesday that the United States had doubled the bounty for Zarqawi. Full Story
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