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U.S. Kills an Aide to Terror Suspect in Iraq

Slaying of Abu Musab Zarqawi’s lieutenant may signal progress on finding the Jordanian. U.S. troops killed a lieutenant of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian accused of leading a terrorist campaign in Iraq, during a firefight last week west of Baghdad, occupation officials said Tuesday. The slain suspect, identified only by the alias Abu Mohammed Hamza, was an expert bomb maker for Zarqawi’s network, U.S. officials said. His death suggests that U.S. troops may be closing in on Zarqawi, who is suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda. U.S. officials, who have accused Zarqawi of masterminding an onslaught of suicide bombings against American and Iraqi targets, two weeks ago raised the reward for his capture to $10 million. “Obviously we are still in hot pursuit of Mr. Zarqawi,” Dan Senor, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said Tuesday. Full Story

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