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Al-Zarqawi Group Claims It Attacked U.S. Patrol In Iraq


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21 October 2004 -- The U.S. military continued efforts yesterday to disrupt insurgency in the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah by bombing two houses that U.S. officials claim belonged to followers of Jordanian-born militant leader Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi.

Al-Zarqawi's group -- known as Al-Qaeda of Jihad in the Land of Two Rivers -- claimed responsibility yesterday for an attack the same day on a U.S. patrol in Baghdad that destroyed two armored vehicles and a Hummer. The attacker was killed in the incident.

North of the capital, the U.S. Army said two car bombs exploded in Samarra yesterday, killing at least one Iraqi child and wounding 13 people. U.S. and Iraqi forces seized control of Samarra early this month from insurgent groups.

Also yesterday, the aid group CARE International announced that it has suspended operations in Iraq following the kidnapping of the head of its Baghdad office.

(Reuters/AFP/AP/dpa)
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