Officials: Top 2 Al-Qaida in Iraq leaders killed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BAGHDAD (AP) - America's top general in Iraq is calling the deaths of two top Al-Qaida in Iraq figures “a significant step forward” in ridding the country of terrorists.

The U.S. military says the men, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, were killed in a nighttime raid on their safe house yesterday near Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein.

U.S. Forces Commander Gen. Raymond Odierno is praising the joint U.S.-Iraqi operation. Odierno says the deaths are “potentially the most significant blow to Al-Qaida in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency.'' But he says, “There is still work to do.”

One of the men killed, al-Masri, was the shadowy national leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq, which he took over after its Jordanian-born founder, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a June 2006 U.S. airstrike.

The other, al-Baghdadi, is the self-described leader of the Al-Qaida linked Islamic state of Iraq.
(COPYRIGHT 2010 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 91527849 - nbc11news.com/a?a=91527849
Gray Television, Inc.