US: Key al-Qaida leader killed in Iraq

A key al-Qaida in Iraqleader that intelligence officials say was responsible for bringinghundreds of suicide bombers across the border from Syria has beenkilled in a raid in northern Iraq, the US military said Thursday.

The military called the death a blow to the terrorist organization in Iraq, though acknowledged it remains very much capable of carrying out well planned, coordinated assaults with large body counts.

Attacks against three hotels and a police crime lab in Baghdad this week killed dozens.

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