Al-Zarqawi 'wanted' by Interpol
Al-Zarqawi has a $25 million bounty on his head and is considered the most wanted man in Iraq.
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(CNN) -- Interpol, the international police agency, issued an "international wanted persons notice" Wednesday for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq.
The agency issued the "Red Notice" at the request of the North African nation of Algeria, which is pursuing the arrest of the insurgent leader "in connection with the kidnapping and murder" in July of two Algerian diplomats in Iraq.
Red notices are passed along to all of Interpol's 184 member countries. They "serve to communicate to the world's police that a suspect is wanted by a member country and request that the suspect be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition," said Interpol, headquartered in Lyon, France.
Al Zarqawi is wanted by U.S. and Iraqi authorities in connection with a slew of terror-related actions in Iraq and he is being sought by Jordan, where his group claimed responsibility for last month's deadly hotel attacks.
"We congratulate Algeria for being the first country to take the important step of requesting an Interpol Red Notice against al-Zarqawi," said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said in a statement. "This will decrease the likelihood that such a notorious suspect will be able to evade detection."
Noble said that even though al-Zarqawi is wanted for arrest in several countries, "no other country had taken the important step of authorizing Interpol to issue a Red Notice and to have it placed on Interpol's public Web site for police and general public to see the various identities used by the suspect."
Earlier this month, Interpol published a U.N. Security Council "public notice" for four people, including al-Zarqawi "who are the targets of sanctions against al Qaeda and the Taliban."
"Those notices are aimed at helping a United Nations Security Council committee to carry out its mandate regarding the freezing of assets, travel bans and arms embargos aimed at groups and individuals associated with al Qaeda and the Taliban."
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