US confirms 2 al-Qaida in Iraq leaders killed

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 19, 2010 17:58


Two leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq have been killed in a joint operation with Iraqi forces, the US military confirmed Monday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the killings of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri at a news conference in Baghdad and showed reporters photographs of their bloody corpses.

US forces commander Gen. Raymond Odierno says the deaths are potentially the most significant blow to the terrorist organization since the beginning of the insurgency.

The US military said they were killed in a nighttime raid on their safehouse Sunday near Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.


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