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Discovery of Zarqawi’s Laptop Provides Important Clues

Posted: April 28, 2005

The recovery by U.S. military forces in Iraq of a laptop computer, which is believed to be the property of wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is being called “a seminal event” by U.S. officials. 


The laptop was recovered after a special U.S. military task force, dedicated to tacking down Zarqawi, pulled over several vehicles at a roadblock near Ramadi on February 20.  In one of the vehicles, which unsuccessfully attempted to avoid the roadblock by turning around, military personnel captured Talib Mikhlif Arsan Walman al-Dulaymi, a wanted associate of Zarqawi, and found more than $100,000 in Euros and a laptop computer. 


Authorities believe a man escaped from the vehicle, and that this person may have been Zarqawi.


According to authorities, the laptop included recent photographs of Zarqawi, details about his medical conditions and communications suggesting that he had direct contact with Osama bin Laden and his advisor Ayman al-Zawahiri, founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.   


The laptop also included information about foreign volunteers from across the Middle East interested in fighting in Iraq, according to authorities.  Military sources also reported that plug-in hard drives and storage devices with additional information were also found.


While much of what was found on the laptop remains classified, authorities indicate that the information has led to the capture of several suspected associates of Zarqawi and to at least one successful raid at a location that was actively producing explosive devices.

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