The US military denied that coalition forces had captured Islamic militant Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi amid reports on Arab media outlets that US troops had arrested their public enemy number one. “It’s not true,” said Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, the coalition’s deputy director for military operations. US ambassador Richard Jones also said Monday that he doubted the reports US forces were close to catching Zarqawi, whom the Americans blame for much of the violence sweeping Iraq. The coalition blames the Jordanian suspected Al-Qaeda operative for at least 25 attacks in Iraq, including the March 2 coordinated suicide bombings of Karbala and Baghdad that killed about 170 people, still the bloodiest day of the insurgency. Full Story
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