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Zarqawi Declares 'All Out War' Against Shi'ites


Al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has declared "all-out war" on Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq, hours after more than 150 people were killed in a string of attacks across Baghdad.

The warning appeared in an audiotape attributed to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and posted on an Islamist website today, Wednesday. In it, the speaker also threatens members of the police and National Guard, and anybody who cooperated with them, saying they would be killed and their homes destroyed.

The speaker also challenged members of the Iraqi government to leave the heavily fortified Green Zone and face his fighters.

Earlier, Zarqawi's militants claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in Baghdad, including a suicide bombing in the mainly Shi'ite Kadhimiyah district that killed nearly 90 people and wounded at least 160 others.

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