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Death Threat Leveled at New Iraqi Premier; U.S. on Alert in Falluja

The foreign terrorist group that took responsibility for beheading a South Korean hostage turned its sights on the new Iraqi prime minister on Wednesday, issuing a statement in which it threatened to assassinate him. On an Islamic Web site, the group singled out Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, saying, “As for you, Allawi — sorry, the democratically elected prime minister — we have found for you a useful poison and a sure sword.”American officials said the threat had come from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, who is suspected of having been the mastermind of several deadly kidnappings and dozens of suicide attacks. American officials said that they were not passing off the statement as an idle threat and that protecting the life of Mr. Allawi, who used to work with the C.I.A., was now one of the chief concerns leading up to the transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30.Full Story

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