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Baghdad's morgue received 1,595 bodies last month, 16% more than in May, showing that the pace of killing has actually increased since the death of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

  • This is some of the most disheartening news to come out of Iraq in a long time. It's yet more proof that we're fighting a Vietnam-like insurgency that can survive and even prosper after the death of its leaders.
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    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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    The editors at Buzzflash argue that in displaying the picture of Zarqawi's dead, bloated face the way it did, the Bush administration is once again displaying the same kind of sophomoric bravado ("Bring 'em on") that it used to its great detriment in the past

  • Read Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen's account of the life, death and intellectual underpinnings of Zarqawi
  • Also: Buzzflash just won two Project Uncensored awards for contributor columns about U civilian detention camps and "net neutrality"
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    Al Qaeda in Iraq said in a Web statement that a militant named Abu Hamza al Muhajer had been chosen as the group's new leader. Nothing is immediately known about Muhajer, except that his last name is Arabic for immigrant, implying that he is not Iraqi.

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    He led Al Qaeda in Iraq, but who was he? What drove Zarqawi to his murderous ends? And what can we learn from his death? Nir Rosen, one of the only Western journalists to have reported extensively from inside the Iraqi insurgency, lays out some answers. Abu Musab al-ZarqawiAcclaimed Iraq journalist Nir Rosen explores the life, death and intellectual underpinnings of the terrorist who led Al Qaeda in Iraq.

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