11/21/2005, 00.00
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Family disowns and condemns terrorist Zarqawi

Members of his tribe reiterated their strong allegiance to Abdullah II. AsiaNews sources in Amman: "After attacks, enforced national unity and loyalty, to their country and to their king".

Amman (AsiaNews) - Family members of Jordanian-born al-Qaeda chief in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have renounced the terror leader, telling King Abdullah they were severing links with him "until doomsday". In half-page adverts in Jordan's three main newspapers, 57 members of the al-Khalayleh family - including a brother and cousin - also reiterated their strong allegiance to the king.

Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the November 9 deadly attacks on three Amman hotels that killed 58 people, and threatened to kill the king in an audiotape released on Friday. 

"Your star is fading. You will not escape your fate, you descendant of traitors. We will be able to reach your head and chop it off," al-Zarqawi said, referring to the king.

According to AsiaNews sources in Amman, the November 9 attacks in Jordan don't divide population "their first reaction –  - was to united behind the leadership". "Their spontaneous expressions was to enforce national unity and loyalty, to their country and to their king".

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