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Haditha "Reporter" and Zarqawi Lieutenant, Related?

Maybe I'm wrong, but there is an interesting "coincidence" occurring that involves the Haditha "massacre" story and an Al Qaida in Iraq Lieutenant who was killed today near Youssifiyah.  According to media reports, Ali al-Mashhadani is the name of the al Reuters "reporter" who broke the story to TIME Magazine that several Marines violated ROEs and killed 24 Iraqi civilians following an IED attack.  Mansour Suleiman Mansour Khalifi al-Mashhadani is the name of a top terrorist leader killed today in a Coalition airstrike.

I admit that I am no expert on Arab culture or names, but I find it curious that these two people with the same last name are central figures in two major stories in theatre at the same time. 

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