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Bin Laden praises slain Zarqawi

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Osama Bin Laden has praised the slain leader of Iraq’s al Qaeda wing, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, in a website audio tape.

In his fourth public statement this year, he described Zarqawi as “a lion of jihad” and as a martyr in the fight against US forces and their allies which he pledged to continue. He also called on the US to release Zarqawi’s body to his family. US officials said they were still examining the tape but that there was no reason to doubt its authenticity.