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CIA Says Zarqawi Was Speaker in Beheading Tape

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was “intimately involved” in the killing of American hostage Eugene Armstrong, a U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday after the CIA determined that the al Qaeda ally was the speaker on the videotape of the beheading. “There is high confidence that the voice is indeed of Abu Musab al Zarqawi,” a CIA official said on condition of anonymity after the spy agency conducted a technical analysis of the tape. Zarqawi’s Tawhid and Jihad group later said it had killed a second American captive in Iraq after the lapse of a 24-hour deadline on Tuesday, Arabic channel Al Jazeera said. It said a statement announcing the killing had been posted on the Internet but gave no further details. The video of Armstrong’s killing was posted on the Internet by Zarqawi’s group, and showed a masked man who read a statement, handed the script to another person, then pulled out a knife and put it to the neck of the hostage. Full Story

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