Monday, April 19, 2010
Iraq's most wanted Al Qaeda terrorists Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi killed in a joint operation by U.S. and Iraqi troops who seized computers with e-mails and messages to the two biggest terrorists Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri
FOXNews.com ....Iraq's two most wanted Al Qaeda terrorists were killed in a joint operation by U.S. and Iraqi troops, Fox News confirmed Monday.
Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi are dead. Vice President Joe Biden called the killing of two top Al Qaeda leaders in Iraq a "potentially devastating" blow to the terrorist network and said the operation signals a significant improvement in Iraq's security and intelligence gathering.
The U.S. military confirmed Monday that Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Umar al-Baghdadi were killed early Sunday morning in a raid led by U.S. and Iraqi forces, after a week of operations led them to a safehouse where the terror chiefs were hiding.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki first announced the deaths of al-Baghdadi and al-Masri at a news conference in Baghdad and showed reporters photographs of their bloody corpses.
The U.S. military said the two terrorists were killed in a nighttime raid just southwest of Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. "The death of these terrorists is potentially the most significant blow to Al Qaeda in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency".
"The attack was carried out by ground forces which surrounded the house, and also through the use of missiles," Mr Maliki said.
He said the house in Thar-Thar had been destroyed and the two bodies were found inside, in a hole in the ground in which they had been hiding.
"During the operation computers were seized with e-mails and messages to the two biggest terrorists, Osama bin Laden and [his deputy] Ayman al-Zawahiri," Mr Maliki added.
Al-Masri's assistant and one of al-Baghdadi's sons were also killed in the raid, according to the U.S. military. Al-Masri became the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq after its former leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in June of 2006.
Odierno said that Iraqi intelligence services and U.S. special forces operations have continued to "degrade" (kill) Al Qaeda in Iraq over the past few months. "There is still work to do but this is a significant step forward in ridding Iraq of terrorists," he said. More from this source...........
ABU AYYUB AL-MASRI Believed born in Egypt in 1968, Also known as Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir, Replaced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq when Zarqawi was killed in 2006
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM