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Iraq Called 'Springboard' for Insurgency Figure

Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant who has become a leader in the Iraq insurgency, is using his role to become a major figure in the broader Islamic jihad movement, according to senior counterterrorist and intelligence experts both inside and outside the government. Although Zarqawi earlier this week pledged his loyalty and that of his organization to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, “he doesn’t see himself in a subordinate role,” said one senior counterterrorism expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity yesterday. “He is using Iraq as a springboard, and he now wants to look beyond Iraq and the region.” Full Story

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