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US General Says al-Zarqawi Likely in Baghdad


A top U.S. general says Iraq's most wanted terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is most likely in Baghdad after U.S.-led forces drove him out of the western city of Fallujah.

Briefing reporters at the Pentagon Wednesday, Lieutenant General Lance Smith said U.S. military officials believe al-Zarqawi is able to operate safely out of the Iraqi capital, and is still orchestrating attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces.

General Smith also said insurgents are becoming more effective at using roadside bombs to disrupt U.S. military operations. He said the method has made it difficult to maintain constant guard inside cities and urban areas.

Meanwhile, U.S military officials say the Pentagon will spend $4.1 billion over the next several months to install protective armor on nearly all Humvees and trucks in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been criticized recently for what some U.S. troops complain is a lack of well armored military vehicles.

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