High-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 21:18
Baghdad: A regional al-Qaida leader was killed on Tuesday as US and Iraqi forces continue to put pressure on the terrorist organization following the reported deaths of its two top-ranking figures over the weekend, officials said.

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri were killed in a joint operation Sunday in what Vice President Joe Biden called a "potentially devastating blow" to al-Qaida in Iraq.

The joint forces quickly followed that up with a morning raid today. US and Iraqi forces acting on intelligence information killed suspected insurgent leader Ahmed al-Obeidi in the northern province of Ninevah, Iraqi military spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said.

Al-Moussawi said the slain insurgent, known as Abu Suhaib, was in charge of al-Qaida in Iraq's operations in the provinces of Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Ninevah.

US military spokesman Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza said American and Iraqi security forces would be keeping pressure on al-Qaida.

"They're still a threat here, and we will not lose sight of that," he told The Associated Press.

Al-Qaida in Iraq has remained a dangerous force as the US prepares to withdraw most of its troops. The terror group has launched repeated attacks on civilian targets in Baghdad in an attempt to sow chaos and exploit political deadlock in the wake of the inconclusive March 7 parliamentary elections.


First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 21:18

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