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Washington confirms doubling of reward for Zarqawi

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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