U.S., Iraqi forces report killing two al Qaeda leaders

By Ashish Kumar Sen, The Washington Times

U.S. and Iraqi forces killed two al Qaeda leaders this week in what U.S. officials described as a significant blow to the terrorist organization and promptly hailed as an Iraqi success story.

Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the military leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, and Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State of Iraq, were killed early Sunday in operations west of Tikrit, the hometown of the deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

Al-Masri, an Egyptian also known as Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir, replaced the group’s Jordanian-born founder, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, after al-Zarqawi was killed in June 2006. Al-Baghdadi, also known as Hamid Dawud Muhammad Khalil al-Zawi, served al Qaeda in Iraq as the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and held the title “Leader of the Faithful.”

Al-Masri’s assistant and al-Baghdadi’s son, both of whom were involved in terrorist activities, also were killed in the operation.

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