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Al Qaeda Statement Claims Iraq Boat Attack

A statement apparently from top al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility Monday for a suicide boat attack on Iraq’s Basra oil terminal at the weekend and vowed more attacks on coalition targets. “We give you good tidings… your brothers with their boats targeted oil tankers in Mina al-Amiq and Mina al-Bakr,” said the statement signed by Zarqawi and published on Muntada al-Ansar Islamist Web site. Basra terminal, previously known as Mina al-Bakr, accounts for 85 percent of Iraq’s crude exports. Three U.S. navy sailors died in the attack by bombers in three boats who blew themselves up in and around the Basra terminal zone, one of the most heavily guarded facilities of its kind in the world. Full Story

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