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New photos released reported to show al Zarqawi
New pictures believed to be of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have been released, as continued violence in Iraq left at least four dead.
It's not clear how recent the photos are, obtained by CNN.
They appear to show a relaxed Zarqawi, who the U.S. considers to be the most-wanted man in Iraq.
A U.S. counterterrorism official claimed about a week ago that al Qaeda head Osama bin laden recently asked Zarqawi to consider directing his attacks at the U.S.
"There has been communication between bin Laden and Zarqawi with bin Laden suggesting to Zarqawi the U.S. homeland as a target," the official told Reuters. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it issued a bulletin informing state homeland security advisers about information on a security threat.
Zarqawi officially became al Qaeda's top leader in Iraq last October, pledging allegiance to bin Laden.
The CIA has claimed "with a high degree of confidence" that Zarqawi personally beheaded U.S. hostage Eugene Armstrong in September.
Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for last month's attack in Hillah, Iraq that killed 115 people -- the worst attack since the fall of the old regime in 2003.
Meanwhile, at least four were dead after continued insurgent violence in Iraq.
Militants killed a Turkish driver and an Iraqi Kurdish official in two separate attacks in Mosul, witnesses reported.
According to witness Mohammed Jassim Ali, the assailants yelled that they belonged to al Qaeda in Iraq and shot the driver because he was taking supplies to U.S. forces.
Gunmen killed an Iraqi army officer in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, Capt. Akram al-Zubaie told The Associated Press.
Also in Mosul, gunmen killed a Kurdish employee working for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a party official confirmed.