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Al-Zarqawi steps aside as head of insurgents council, Web site says

In a further sign of the rifts emerging within Iraq’s insurgency, Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has stepped aside as the head of a new council of radical groups in favor of an Iraqi, according to a posting on a Web site used by al-Qaida and other insurgent groups. The statement, whose authenticity could not be independently verified, said Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, “who is Iraqi,” had taken over from al-Zarqawi as “emir” of the new Mujahedeen Shura, or Council, which groups six extremist organizations including al-Qaida and whose creation was announced last week. Full Story

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