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Major attacks claimed by Zarqawi and his followers

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published June 9, 2006


2002

Aug. 29: Car bomb in Najaf kills more than 85 people, including Ayatollah Mohammad Baqr al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

Oct. 28: Laurence Foley, a diplomat and administrator of U.S. aid programs in Jordan, is shot outside his home in Amman.

2003

Aug. 19: Truck bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad kills 23, including top U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

2004

March 2: Coordinated blasts from suicide bombers, mortars and planted explosives strike Shiite Muslim shrines in Karbala and Baghdad, killing at least 181. U.S. and Iraqi officials link the attacks to Zarqawi.

May 11: Kidnapped American businessman Nicholas Berg is beheaded. On a videotape of the execution, the voice of the knife-wielder is identified as that of Zarqawi.

May 17: Car bomb kills Iraqi Governing Council president Izzadine Saleem.

June 14: Car bomb attack on a convoy in Baghdad kills 13, including three General Electric employees.

June 22: Kidnappers behead South Korean hostage Kim Sun-il; Al-Jazeera television says the killing was carried out by Zarqawi's group.

June 29: Bulgarian truck drivers Georgi Lazov, 30, and Ivaylo Kepov, 32, are kidnapped. Zarqawi's followers are suspected of decapitating both men.

Aug. 2: Video from followers of Zarqawi shows the shooting death of hostage Murat Yuce of Turkey.

Sept. 13: Video purportedly from al-Qaida in Iraq shows Durmus Kumdereli, a Turkish truck driver, being beheaded.

Sept. 14: Car bomb rips through a market near a Baghdad police headquarters where Iraqis are waiting to apply for jobs, killing 47.

Sept. 16: British engineer Kenneth Bigley, and U.S. engineers Jack Hensley and Eugene "Jack" Armstrong kidnapped in Baghdad. Within three weeks, all three men have been confirmed beheaded.

Sept. 30: Bombings in Baghdad kill 35 children and seven adults as U.S. troops hand out candy at the inauguration of a sewage treatment plant. Zarqawi's group claims responsibility for attacks that day, but it is unclear if these include the explosions that killed the children.

Oct. 30: Body of hostage Shosei Koda, 24, of Japan, is found decapitated in Baghdad, his body wrapped in an American flag.

Dec. 19: Car bombs tear through funeral procession in Najaf and main bus station in nearby Karbala, killing at least 60 in the Shiite holy cities.

2005

Feb. 28: Suicide car bomber strikes crowd of police and Iraqi National Guard recruits in the southern city of Hillah, killing 125 people.

May 7: Two explosives-laden cars plow into a U.S. security company convoy in Baghdad, killing at least 22 people, including two Americans.

Aug. 19: Rocket attack in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba kills a Jordanian soldier. One rocket lands in neighboring Israel - causing no casualties - and another misses a U.S. Navy ship docked at Aqaba.

Nov. 9: Triple suicide bombing against hotels in Amman, Jordan, kills 60.

Dec. 27: A volley of rockets are fired from southern Lebanon into Israel.

- ASSOCIATED PRESS