An audiotape purportedly from the head of al-Qaida in Iraq said Friday that its suicide bombers did not intend to hit a Jordanian wedding party in last week's Amman hotel bombings.
In the tape, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi also threatened more attacks against hotels and tourist sites and military bases in Jordan and threatened to kill Jordan's King Abdullah II.
"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.
Al-Zarqawi told Jordanians to stay away from bases used by US forces in Jordan, hotels and tourist sites in Amman, the Dead Sea and the southern resort of Aqaba and embassies of governments participating in the war in Iraq - saying they would be targeted.
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