Monday, April 19, 2010

Al-Maliki: Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq killed in rocket strike

Iraqi officials said on Monday that an Iraqi intelligence team had found and killed al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri.  Maliki said the team also killed Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. From Fox News:
Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that two of the country's most wanted Al Qaeda terrorists were killed in a joint operation with the U.S.

Al-Maliki said that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri were killed over the weekend when a joint operation of U.S. and Iraqi forces rocketed a home where they were hiding.

He showed reporters at a news conference pictures of two dead bodies he identified as al-Baghdadi and al-Masri. But his claims could not immediately be verified.
Al-Masri was identified as the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi after he was killed in an airstrike in 2006.  Al-Baghdadi is a nom de guerre for the shadowy leader of The Islamic State in Iraq, although some US commanders had cast doubt on whether he even existed.

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