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U.S. puts $5M bounty on al-Masri

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice authorized up to a $5 million reward Friday for information leading to the capture of Abu Ayyub al-Masri, believed to be the replacement for the late leader of al Qaeda in Iraq — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. “Al-Masri, an Egyptian national, is a senior al Qaeda leader in Iraq and was a direct associate of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” said Deputy State Department spokesman Adam Ereli in a statement. “Trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan, al-Masri is an explosives expert specializing in” constructing car bombs. The U.S. military believes al-Masri has taken over the terror network from al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike June 7 north of Baghdad. He had masterminded hundreds of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings. Full Story

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