Iraqi forces kill al Qaeda-linked leader
Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman was a top military leader of the Islamic State of Iraq.
Baghdad: An Iraqi official says Iraqi security forces have killed the top military leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an al Qaeda linked group responsible for bombings and suicide attacks across Iraq.
Maj Gen Qassim al-Moussawi told a news agency Press on Friday that authorities killed al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman during an operation on Thursday.
He was the group`s war minister. The ISI is an umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq.
Suleiman replaced the Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri who was killed in a US-Iraqi military strike on a safe house in April.
The ISI has been seriously debilitated since the height of the Iraq war, although the group is still able to carry out deadly attacks.