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al-Zarqawi Killed In Iraq

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq.

Tips from all sorts of places apparently helped authorities find and kill the leader of al-Qaida-in-Iraq. The country's prime minister credits residents near the home where two massive American bombs wiped out Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and five others.

An official in Jordan says that country also gave the U-S information to track Zarqawi -- who claimed responsibility for the hotel bombings that killed 60 in Iraq's neighbor. Who will take over for Zarqawi remains to be seen, since many of his deputies have been killed of late. And an American defense official says that while retaliation can't be ruled out, there's no intelligence indicating anything is planned.

General George Casey, the top U.S. general in Iraq, says al-Zarqawi's body has been identified by fingerprints and facial recognition.

The Jordanian-born militant had a 25 million dollar bounty on his head, courtesy of the U-S government.


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