May 16th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Al Qaeda replaces slain leaders

Al Qaeda in Iraq has named replacements for the top leaders killed in a U.S-Iraqi raid north of Baghdad in April, according to a statement posted Sunday on jihadist Web sites.

The statement identified Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Al-Husseini al-Qurashi as the new leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq, and named Abu Abdullah al-Hasani al-Qurashi as his deputy and "first minister." There was no independent confirmation of the claim, which appeared on various various radical Islamist websites known for posting similar statements from al Qaeda figures, nor were any details about either of the men immediately available.

The announcement comes nearly a month after the April 18 raid that killed Islamic State of Iraq leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the military leader of al Qaeda in Iraq. The raid also killed al-Baghadi's son and an assistant to al-Masri, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. A U.S. soldier was killed in a helicopter crash during the assault, the U.S. command in Baghdad reported.

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  1. LARRYCURTIZ

    IT IS OBVIOUS THESE TERRORISTS LACK THE KNOWLEDGE OF ALLAH THEY CLAIM TO FIGHT FOR-I SUGGEST EVERY ARABS AND MUSLIMS HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK-MESSAGE FROM MUTTALAB. IT SHOWS THE ROOT OF THE LINGERING HOSTILITY BETWEEN THE WEST AND THE ARAB WORLD. IT SHOWS THE TRUTH THAT EVERY MUSLIMS AND INTENDING RADICALS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE BEING DRAGGED IN MUD MY SOME FUNDAMENTALISTS........MESSAGE FROM MUTTALAB IS A BOOK FOR ALL TO READ

    June 1, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • RhiiedHuandtz

      That's a good question hmm. my guess is that they asked for ppolee in a recovery center, and that the woman agreed for the money, publicity, and because the segment actually discourages anorexia (i.e., she wanted to prevent others from having the same problem) either that or her skinny body was created with special effects

      July 14, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zifeng

    Don't worry, it won't be long before Dave Ross will be einochg another dim bulb. Alan Colmes thought it possible some (if not many) Iraqis were coerced into voting or else their food would be taken away. Libs have got an answer for everything. Of course it's silly to think that the Iraqis might want their own freedom. Sheesh!

    July 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. I

    the innocent children and women killed by suicide bombins by your own people you mean?

    May 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Thomas J Gassett

    How odd. You call a Jihadi that has never known freedom in his insignificant life a ' Freedom Fighter' LMAO So why do these FF's kill mostly Muslims? The only freedom a Jihadi is fighting for is freedom from his life, and every American should help him on his quest.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dan

    You are an idiot buddy! Go read some other stupid conspiracy book!

    May 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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