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Al-Qaeda Reportedly Threatens To Kill Iraq PM

23 June 2004 -- An audio recording purportedly from Abu Mu'sab al-Zarqawi, who is alleged to have links with the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, has threatened to kill Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

The audio recording, which carried no date, was posted on an Islamic website today. There was no way to verify the recording.

The U.S. accuses the Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi of being Al-Qaeda's top operative in Iraq and has announced a $10 million reward for information leading to his killing or capture.

Groups associated with al-Zarqawi have claimed responsibility for a number of bombings and attacks in Iraq, most recently the beheading this week of a South Korean hostage.

Yesterday, U.S. forces launched an air strike in Al-Fallujah on what they said was a safehouse used by followers of al-Zarqawi. At least three people were reported killed in the strike.

On the audio tape, the voice purported to be al-Zarqawi said he was not in Al-Fallujah.


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