Key Al-Qaeda leader killed in Iraq, says US

The US military says a key al-Qaeda leader responsible for moving hundreds of foreign fighters from Syria into Iraq has been killed in northern Iraq.

Updated: Jan 28, 2010, 22:05 PM IST

Baghdad: The US military says a key
al-Qaeda leader responsible for moving hundreds of foreign
fighters from Syria into Iraq has been killed in northern
Iraq.

The military said in a statement today the man was
killed January 22 after attacking a soldier during a joint
Iraqi-US raid in the northern city of Mosul.
It says the man has been identified through
fingerprints and other means as Saad Uwayyd Ubayd Mujil
al-Shammari, also known as Abu Khalaf.

US intelligence officials have said he has been the
terror network`s foremost expert in preparing foreign fighters
to cross from Syria into Iraq to launch suicide attacks.
The military says Abu Khalaf has been moving foreign
fighters across the border since 2006.

PTI