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US Military Acts on Intelligence Gathered Following Zarqawi's Death


The U.S. military says it is carrying out raids following the killing of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in hopes of dismantling his al-Qaida in Iraq network.

U.S. military spokesman Major-General William Caldwell says nearly 40 raids were conducted across Iraq overnight Friday. He says some were directly related to information found in the house where Zarqawi was killed.

General Caldwell says coalition troops have found suicide belts and military gear. Soldiers killed one person and detained 24 others during the raids.

Despite the death of Zarqawi, President Bush says it is too early to say when Iraqi security forces will be able to take charge of security in the country.

Early Saturday, Iraqi police say a roadside bomb killed at least three people at a crowded Baghdad market.

The Jordanian-born Zarqawi was said to have personally taken part in a campaign of beheadings of hostages and other killings. He was killed in a U.S. air strike Wednesday when jets dropped two 227-kilogram bombs on a "safe house" near Baquba, northeast of Baghdad.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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