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CIA Says Al-Zarqawi Beheaded Berg in Iraq

Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was the masked man who beheaded an American civilian in Iraq, U.S. intelligence officials concluded Thursday, as other questions lingered about Nicholas Berg’s final days and his contacts with U.S. and Iraqi authorities. An American diplomatic official in Iraq had told Berg’s family in early April that he was being detained by the U.S. military, according to e-mails provided by the family. U.S. officials have said Berg, who was found dead last weekend in Baghdad, was detained by Iraqi police March 24 and was never in the custody of American forces. Meanwhile, through a technical analysis, intelligence officials were able to determine “with high probability” that the speaker on a video showing Berg’s beheading was al-Zarqawi, a CIA official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The same person is shown decapitating Berg, the official said. Full Story

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