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Tracking Al Qaeda in Iraq

Operatives linked to al Qaeda may be responsible for sophisticated attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials. They say Islamic insurgents trying to establish operations in northern Iraq are tied to al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, described by Secretary of State Colin Powell as the "most important link" between Iraq and the terrorist organization. Hear NPR's Deborah Amos.

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Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.