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US Military in Iraq Kills Top Zarqawi Associate

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The U.S. military says its forces have killed the second-most wanted al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq during a raid in Baghdad.

A military spokesman Lt. Col. Steve Boylan says Abu Azzam, also known as the Prince of Baghdad, was killed Sunday.

He was an associate of the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The U.S. military says Abu Azzam was the group's operational commander and responsible for a recent upsurge in violence.

Elsewhere, a suicide bomber attacked a police recruitment center in Baquba today Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 25.

In the eastern city of Kut, near the Iranian border, police discovered the bodies of 22 shooting victims.

Also today, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is in Baghdad, where he inaugurated the headquarters of a joint NATO-Iraqi training mission and military academy.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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