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Audiotape Attributed to  Zarqawi  Declares War on Iraqi Democracy

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A man identifying himself as al-Qaida-linked terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has declared a "fierce war" on democracy in Iraq.

In an audiotape released Sunday, al-Zarqawi -- the most wanted man in Iraq -- calls the January 30th election a "wicked trap" aimed at putting Iraq's majority Shi''ites in power. He says that any Iraqi who votes is an infidel. Insurgents and fighters loyal to al-Zarqawi have been carrying out almost daily attacks on Iraqi and U.S. troops and civilians in the run-up to the election. But U.S. ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte says most Iraqis should still be able to vote. He told "Fox News Sunday" that U.S. and Iraqi forces will take "elaborate measures" to protect polling stations. He added that there is no way to guarantee the safety of every polling site.

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