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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's successor may be a local figure with close ties to Osama bin Laden, who focuses attacks more on U.S. and Iraqi troops and less on brutal beheadings and random suicide bombings, al Qaeda experts said.
The Jordanian militant led a high profile campaign of videotaped executions and bombings that often targeted civilians and killed thousands.
But Abdel Bari Atwan, an al Qaeda expert who has interviewed Osama bin Laden, said he expects a less extreme Iraqi figure named Abdel Rahman al-Iraqi to take over from Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. air strike on Wednesday.
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...What is interesting to note here is that the raving threat of death wielded by these zealot lunatics has moved to include not only other Muslims - which is against Islamic law - but against the Catholic Church. This, literally, leads to the questions of motives. ...
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
I could be wrong but I remember reading that higher ups in Al Qaeda weren't too happy with some of Zarqawi's methods.
Originally posted by CX
al Qaeda experts are saying that the next person to step into Zarqawi's shoes will be Abdel Rahman al-Iraqi, although he wo'nt be so much of a loose canon.
Al-Qaeda's new leader in Iraq has vowed to avenge the killing of his predecessor Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying Americans and their Iraqi allies would not be safe in their strongholds.
"The day of vengeance is near and your strong towers in the Green Zone will not protect you," said the statement posted on a web site often used by Islamist militants and signed by the new leader Abu Hamza al-Muhajir.
"You will see what we have in store for you because of your betrayal and apostasy. Our swords are poised above your necks," he told Iraqis who cooperate with US-led forces.
The U.S. military today released new information about Abu Musab Zarqawi's successor, quickly elevating the stature of the Egyptian militant