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US Military in Iraq Kills Top Zarqawi Associate


The U.S. military says its forces have killed the second-most wanted al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq during a raid in Baghdad.

A military spokesman, Lt. Col. Steve Boylan says Abu Azzam, also known as the Prince of Baghdad, was killed Sunday. He was an associate of the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The U.S. military says Abu Azzam was the group's operational commander and responsible for a recent upsurge in violence.

But in an Internet posting attributed to al-Qaida in Iraq, the terrorist group said it could not confirm the death of Abu Azzam, and it denied that he was the organization's number two man in Iraq.

Elsewhere, a suicide bomber attacked a police recruitment center in Baquba on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 25. In the eastern city of Kut, police discovered the bodies of 22 shooting victims.

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