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Latest Bin Laden Tape Suggests Merger Between Terrorist Groups

 Terrorism experts say a new tape said to be from Osama bin Laden suggests a merger of sorts between two very deadly groups.

The latest audiotape indicates there's a union between al-Qaida and Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi (AH'-boo MOO'-sahb zahr-KOW'-ee).

The former C-I-A counter-terrorism chief, Vince Cannistraro, says this alliance would benefit al-Zarqawi the most. He says it would give the notorious leader of the bloody Iraqi insurgency more financial and logistical support.

But, while bin Laden would benefit from joining with the Jordanian fighter, it would also make him a more vocal enemy of Shiite Muslims. Bin Laden is a Sunni Muslim.

Another expert, Roger Cressey, who served in the White House counter-terrorism office, says the alliance helps bin Laden reach "fence sitters" -- Muslims who are sympathetic but haven't endorsed Al Qaida.

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