Report: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed

American officials say "highly unlikely he was killed"; DNA tests underway.

October 5, 2006 10:27
1 minute read.
Report: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed

al qaida 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Two Arab satellite television stations reported Thursday that the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq may have been killed by US forces during a raid near Haditha, but American officials said they had no information about the reports. Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal, deputy Interior Minister in Iraq, told al-Arabiya TV in a phone call from Baghdad that officials were awaiting DNA tests to determine if a man killed in a recent raid was the new leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri. "We are not sure about al-Masri. There were other people who were killed in this US military operation. We are waiting for the DNA tests to be sure of the identity," Kamal said. US military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said a number of al-Qaida suspects were killed in a recent raid in western Anbar province and initially "we thought there was a possibility al-Masri was among them." "As we did further analysis, we determined that it was highly unlikely that he was killed," Johnson told the Associated Press. On Sunday, Iraq's national security adviser, Mouwafak al-Rubaie, told reporters US and Iraqi forces were closing in on al-Masri. Al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, took over al-Qaida in Iraq after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed June 7 in a US air strike northeast of Baghdad. US officials said al-Masri joined an extremist group led by al-Qaida's No.2 official in 1982. He joined al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan in 1999 and trained as a car-bombing expert before traveling to Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Jason Greenblatt
June 25, 2019
Five takeaways from Trump's ‘peace to prosperity’ Palestinian plan


Cookie Settings