Zarqawi Out

Evidently, Zarqawi has been thrown under the bus.

Al-Zarqawi 'stripped of political role'

April 05, 2006BAGHDAD: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most feared commander in the Iraqi insurgency, may have been forced to surrender his leadership by rival groups.

The groups were angered by his bloody tactics and the interference of foreign fighters in the Iraqi conflict. According to Huthayfah Azzam, the son of Abdullah Azzam, Zarqawi's former mentor, the notorious commander of al-Qa'ida in Iraq was stripped of his political duties two weeks ago.

"The Iraqi resistance high command asked Zarqawi to give up his political role and replaced him with an Iraqi because of several mistakes," Mr Azzam told an Arab news channel. "Zarqawi's role has been limited to military action." The fugitive al-Qa'ida leader, who has a $US25 million ($35 million) bounty on his head, is held responsible for some of the bloodiest episodes in the Iraq war.

The Times

Too bad. Wonder if anybody'd be interested in collecting the bounty.

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