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Al Qaeda in Iraq leader wanted for questioning

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq has been placed on an FBI list of top terrorism suspects who haven't been charged with crimes in the United States but are wanted for questioning.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was placed on the list Thursday, and the U.S. State Department is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the Jordanian native's arrest or conviction.

"Al-Zarqawi is sought in connection with numerous terrorist attacks and continuing terrorist threats in Iraq," the FBI states on its Web site. "Al-Zarqawi has been convicted in absentia in Jordan for his role in the murder of a United States diplomat and for a bombing attack on the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq."

Lawrence Foley, a senior administrative officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Jordan, was gunned down in front of his house in Amman in October 2002. Al-Zarqawi is one of 10 that Jordan has convicted in his death.

Al-Zarqawi now heads the FBI's "Seeking Information" list of 10 terrorism suspects. He is the only suspect commanding a $25 million bounty. Three others have $5 million bounties, and the rest do not carry a reward.

Also on the list is Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, who is wanted for questioning in connection with attacks on a hotel and airliner in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2002, and Noordin Mohammad Top, who is suspected of being involved in three bombings in Indonesia, including that of a Bali nightclub in 2002.

The FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorist" list of indicted terrorism suspects also was tweaked Thursday to include another six fugitives, bringing the total to 26.

That list has been topped by al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri since it was established after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The State Department is offering $5 million rewards for information leading to the arrests or convictions of most of the suspects on the list, and $25 million rewards for information leading to the arrests or convictions of bin Laden or al-Zawahiri.

The changes came a day after the FBI added to the list three terrorism suspects who escaped from a prison in Yemen earlier this month.

The suspected planner of the USS Cole bombing, Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali al-Badawi, was placed on the most-wanted list, along with Jaber Elbaneh, an alleged member of the Lackawanna, New York, terrorist cell.

A third Yemen prison escapee, Abdullah al-Rimi, who is wanted for questioning in connection with the USS Cole bombing, was placed on the "Seeking Information" list.

FBI Director Robert Mueller said in a statement Friday that he was confident authorities could apprehend the terror suspects, especially with the public's help.

"The combined strength of law enforcement at home and abroad, with a vigilant and engaged public, will ensure success," Mueller said.

New names on the most-wanted list are:

• Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah and Abd al-Aziz Awda, who were indicted in connection with racketeering activities for Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a militant group dedicated to the creation of an Islamic Palestinian state and the destruction of Israel.

• Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani, Isnilon Totoni Hapilon and Jainal Antel Sali Jr., who are accused of being part of the Abu Sayyaf group responsible for kidnappings and killings in the Philippines.

• Mohammed Ali Hamadei, who was indicted in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847, during which U.S. Navy Diver Robert Stethem was killed.

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