Iraqi blamed in 2004 US soldier's death killed

The US military says an Iraqi al-Qaida in Iraq leader blamed in the 2004 abduction and murder of an Army reservist has been killed. The military says Hajji Hammadi is linked to the killing of Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin of Batavia, Ohio. Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when his fuel convoy was attacked by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004. His remains were found in March northwest of Baghdad. The military says he also the mastermind of a June 26 attack that killed three US Marines, two interpreters and more than 20 Iraqis in the western province of Anbar. Thursday's statement says he was killed with another armed insurgent on November 11 in a raid by US forces in Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood. Five others were detained.