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Zarqawi Buried in Unmarked Location

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Posted on Jun 30, 2006

Iraq’s national security advisor won’t publicly disclose the burial place of the slain terrorist leader.

  • A man claiming to be Bin Laden said in a new tape that “What scares you after the death of Zarqawi is your knowledge that, left alone, Muslims will give Zarqawi a huge funeral, which shows the sympathy of the Muslims with their sons of holy warriors.”

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    ... In an e-mail, Mowaffak al Rubaie, Iraq’s national security advisor, said: “Zarqawi’s remains were buried in an unmarked location at an unspecified place in Iraq. The Jordanian government refused to take his body back to Jordan.”

    Shortly after al-Zarqawi’s death, Emily Hunt, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote in the New Republic Online that “[h]anding Zarqawi’s remains directly to his relatives would yield a predictably undesirable result: a public funeral that could very well serve to burnish ? rather than extinguish ? the arch-terrorist’s legend.”

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