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WASHINGTON: US defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has warned Iraq's neighbours that any country that takes in Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will be viewed by the US as associating with al-Qai'da.
Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, is believed to have been wounded while fighting near the Syrian border.
"The current assumption is that he's in Iraq," Mr Rumsfeld said. "Were a neighbouring country to take him in and provide medical assistance or haven for him, they obviously would be associating themselves with a major linkage in the al-Qa'ida network, and a person who has a great deal of blood on his hands."