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(4 Mar 2004) 

Baghdad, 4 March 2004
1. Various shots of Fallujah insurgents' letter claiming al-Qaida-linked Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead

File - Baghdad, February 2004
2. Coalition spokesmen Dan Senor at press conference announcing 10 million (m) US dollar reward for capture of al-Zarqawi
3. UPSOUND (English) Dan Senor, Coalition spokesman
" We will be alerting Iraqis to the wild card - Mr Zarqawi."
4. Close up poster advertising reward for capture of al-Zarqawi

Baghdad, 3 March 2004
5. Various shots of Mouwafak al-Rubaie, Iraqi Governing Council member walking in street
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mouwafak al-Rubaie, Iraqi Governing Council member: 
"These terrorists, Zarqawi and his gangs, have committed a crime. Iraqi people will never rest until and unless they bring Zarqawi to prison. We have to bring Zarqawi to justice, he has to face the Iraqi people and he has to face the justice in Iraq."

Karbala, 4 March 2004
7. Various shots of of funeral procession for the victims of Karbala blast  
8. Various shots of people reading lists of those killed in the Karbala blasts
9. Various of parade to mark the end of Shiite festival of Ashoura

STORYLINE: 

Iraqi insurgents on Thursday circulated a statement claiming that the al-Qaida-linked Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed months ago.

The group from Fallujah, a predominantly Sunni town 50 kilometres west of Baghdad and a hotbed of resistance, say al-Zarqawi was killed in a US bombing raid in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of northern Iraq.

The statement did not say when al-Zarqawi was supposedly killed, but US jets bombed strongholds of the extremist Ansar al-Islam in the north last April as Saddam Hussein's regime was collapsing.

It said al-Zarqawi was unable to escape the bombing because of his artificial leg.

There was no way to verify the authenticity of the statement, one of many leaflets put out by a variety of groups taking part in the anti-US resistance.

The US military believes al-Zarqawi was behind Tuesday's bombings, and others, and in February offered a reward for his capture.

On Wednesday the top US commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid, said the US has evidence that al-Zarqawi was linked to the attacks.

Abizaid's statement was the most direct assertion yet by a US official that al-Zarqawi is carrying through on a terrorist campaign inside Iraq, 
as described in a letter purportedly written by al-Zarqawi and intercepted recently by US intelligence.

The Fallujah insurgents called the Al-Zarqawi letter an American forgery.          

At least some Iraqi politicians agree with the Coalition authorities that al-Zarqawi is to blame for a recent spate of bombings in Iraq. 

Mouwafak al-Rubaie, a Shiite member of the Iraqi Governing Council said "Iraq would never rest" until al-Zarqawi was brought to justice.

Meanwhile in Karbala Shiite muslims celebrated the end of the Ashoura festival, which marks the death of a revered 7th-century leader.


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