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Al-Zarqawi Buried In 'Secret Location'

Slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been buried in an undisclosed location, the U.S. military and Iraqi government officials said Sunday.

Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie told The Associated Press that al-Zarqawi had been buried in a "secret location" in Baghdad.

The U.S. military confirmed the burial but declined to give more details.

"The remains of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi were turned over to the appropriate government of Iraq officials and buried in accordance with Muslim customs and traditions," the military said in an e-mailed statement. "Anything further than that would be addressed by the Iraqi government."

Al-Rubaie would not say when the Jordanian-born militant, who was killed June 7 in a U.S. air strike northeast of Baghdad, was buried or give more specifics on the location of the grave.

Al-Zarqawi's family had called for his body to be returned to Jordan for burial, but the government in Amman had refused because of the triple suicide bombing his al Qaeda in Iraq organization carried out in the country last year.

The Amman bombings sparked widespread outrage among Jordanians who had been sympathetic to insurgents battling the U.S. military presence in Iraq.

The U.S. military listed the cause of death as "primary blast injury of the lung" after an autopsy was performed on al-Zarqawi, who survived for nearly an hour after the air strike outside Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.

In other developments:

  • The Iraqi government released a list of its 41 most-wanted people. The largest reward was $10 million for Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top official in the Saddam regime. The list also includes Saddam Hussein's wife and oldest daughter.
  • A car bomb exploded in a market in the northern city of Mosul on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding 22, police said. The attack was aimed at a police patrol but missed its target and hit the market instead.
  • A mortar struck a popular market in northeastern Baghdad Monday, wounding three people.
  • Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden issued an Internet message Saturday addressing Islamist militants in Iraq and Somalia. Speaking to Iraqi fighters, he said in his fifth statement this year and his second in two days, that the Islamic community was depending on them.
  • A parked car bomb exploded at a popular outdoor market Saturday in a Shiite slum in Baghdad, killing at least 66 people and wounding nearly 100, authorities said.
  • Also Saturday, gunmen kidnapped a Sunni female member of parliament in a Shiite area of the capital, officials said. Lawmaker Tayseer Mashhadani was traveling from nearby Diyala province in a three-car convoy to attend a parliament session Sunday in Baghdad when her party was stopped by gunmen in the east of the city, officials said. The Iraqi Accordance Front, Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc in parliament, said it will stop attending the legislative meetings until Mashhadani is returned.
  • Investigators believe the U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday. The accused soldiers were from the same platoon as privates Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Turner, who were killed by insurgents. The military has said one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were tortured and beheaded.

    Al-Zarqawi's brother on Sunday rejected news of his burial in Iraq, demanding that his body be transferred to Jordan instead.

    Sayel al-Khalayleh told The Associated Press that al-Zarqawi's relatives "don't accept" his burial in Iraq and accused the U.S. of lying about the matter.

    "Bush took his body to the United States," he said.

    "Even if he is buried in Iraq, we will continue to ask for the body to be transferred and buried in Jordan," al-Khalayleh said. "He should be buried in his own country."


  • "We sent demands to the Jordanian foreign ministry and to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent for the body to be transferred to Jordan after his death but to no avail," al-Khalayleh said.

    "We will never accept that a Jordanian dies abroad and not be allowed burial in his homeland," he said.

    Al-Zarqawi was born Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalayleh and raised in the industrial town of Zarqa, east of the capital Amman. He left Jordan in 1999 for Afghanistan, where he remained until just after the 2001 U.S. invasion of that country, when he moved to Iraq.

    Earlier last week in a Web audio tape, Osama bin Laden paid tribute to al-Zarqawi, calling him a "lion of the holy war" and a "prince," CBS News correspondent Richard Roth

    . Bin Laden called on President Bush to release al-Zarqawi's body to his family, and said Jordan should allow the slain terrorist to be buried in his homeland.

    Iraq released a most-wanted list of 41 names Sunday, including Saddam Hussein's wife and eldest daughter, as well as the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq and one of the ousted president's closest allies.

    The government also announced a bounty for several figures on the list.

    "We are releasing this list so that our people can know their enemies," National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie said at a news conference. He added that countries hosting those on the list and Interpol had been informed.

    The largest reward was $10 million for Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top official in the Saddam regime who has eluded capture since the U.S.-led invasion more than three years ago. Al-Douri was believed to have played a major role in launching the insurgency.

    The government also offered a $50,000 reward for Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who replaced al-Zarqawi after his death. The announcement came just two days after the U.S. administration approved up to $5 million in exchange for al-Masri, whose real name is Abu Hamza al-Muhajer.

    "Those people are carrying out bombings and random killings as they aim to inflict damage on the Iraqi people and ignite a sectarian war between Shiites and Sunnis," al-Rubaie said in announcing the list.

    The ousted president's wife, Sajida Khairallah Tulfah, who is believed to be in Qatar and his eldest daughter, Raghad, who has been living in Jordan, also were named, but no reward was offered for information on them.

    "We have contacted all the neighboring countries and they know what we want. Some of these countries are cooperating with us," he said. "We will chase them inside and outside Iraq. We will chase them one after the other."

    The national security adviser also said authorities were closing in on the Egyptian-born al-Masri.

    "We were able to infiltrate his network. You will hear news within the coming weeks," he said.

    Al-Rubaie stressed the list was separate from that issued by the U.S. military. Most of its members have been either captured or killed.

    "This is an Iraqi list that has nothing to do with the 55-member list issued by the American government," al-Rubaie said.