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Zarqawi resurfaces, vows US defeat

The Jordanian-born Al-Qaeda's Iraq frontman is blamed for many attacks and has a $25 mn bounty on his head.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 23:28 IST

A man identifying himself as Al-Qaeda's Iraq frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appeared in an Internet video on Tuesday in what would be the first public appearance of one world's most wanted militants in at least three years.

"By God, America will be defeated in Iraq," said the man identified as Zarqawi.

The male, sporting a beard, is shown meeting with fighters briefing him on events in the western rebel town of Ramadi.

There had previously been only audiotapes of Zarqawi, while the US military obtained photos of Zarqawi in February 2005 when the rebel purportedly fled a car by a US checkpoint outside Ramadi.

"Your brethren in the information committee of the Mujahedeen's Consultative Council are happy to present the first video of the emir of the Al-Qaeda Organisation in the Land of Two Rivers, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," footage on the website said.

The man also announced the formation of an umbrella group for anti-US fighters.

The Jordanian-born Zarqawi is blamed for numerous deadly attacks in Iraq and the kidnapping and beheading of hostages and has a $25 million bounty on his head.

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 23:18 IST