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Jordan Sentences 8 Militants, Linked to Qaeda, to Death

A military court in Jordan on Tuesday sentenced to death eight Islamic militants linked to Al Qaeda — six of them in absentia — for the assassination of an American diplomat in the front yard of his Amman home in October 2002. One militant, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most prominent of those still at large, is believed to be operating in Iraq, and Islamist Web sites on Tuesday featured an audiotape supposedly from him threatening further attacks against American and other foreign forces there, as well as American officials. “We will not let you off, you snakes of evil, until you lift your hands off our mosques and stop shedding the blood of Sunnis,” said Mr. Zarqawi, whom the United States accuses of building a network of foreign militants in Iraq, putting a $10 million bounty on his head. The tape accused the Kurds of being agents of the Americans and Israel against Muslims, and took responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks in Iraq. Full Story

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