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U.S. Examines Al-Zarqawi Ties to Bin Laden

U.S. officials are taking a sober view of a recent pledge of loyalty to Osama bin Laden from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted terror leader in Iraq. Some consider his pledge over the weekend to be an effort to elevate his status and improve his resources and fund raising. Others view it as an attempt to broaden his audience and improve recruitment. While U.S. authorities try to sort out just how close al-Zarqawi is to bin Laden, many agree that al-Zarqawi’s motives are worrisome. “It is certainly not a positive development, but in terms of what it means in practical terms, it isn’t clear at this point,” said a U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity.Full Story

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