April 19th, 2010
01:52 PM ET

Prime Minister: Leader of al Qaeda in Iraq killed

[Updated at 1:52 p.m.] Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that the killing of two al Qaeda leaders in Iraq shows the growing strength of Iraqi security forces.

[Updated at 10:38 a.m.] The U.S. military has confirmed that the two most senior leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq were killed in a joint Iraqi-U.S. operation Sunday.

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[Posted at 9:26 a.m.] Two of the most wanted terrorist figures in Iraq have been killed in a joint Iraqi-U.S. operation, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday.

Abu Ayyub al-Masri, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq - an umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq - were killed in a security operation in al-Tharthar, north of Baghdad, al-Maliki said.

There was no immediate word from the U.S. military. The operation involved missile strikes and ground forces, al-Maliki said. The two men were in a house and then hid in a hole where their bodies were found by security forces, he said.

Al-Maliki showed reporters photos of the two men.

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  1. WaitingforBetter

    I hope it's true. I wonder if they were alive or dead when they found them in the hole? One thing I am impressed with Obama so far is that the Special Ops seem to be doing their job very well to find and eliminate so many of the leaders of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john

    Let's just hope the special ops guys aren't prosecuted for another good job.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    AND a good job by the Security Forces of Iraq. Glad to see them handle their business, even if we're still helping them out. That is the best part about it.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Duke

    ....good that we got them....but WAIT JUST A MINUTE!! I seem to recall that there was a lot of fuss in the press during the last administration that Al Qaeda was NOT in Iraq....??? Now itis a given face...what changed....ohh...wait a minute..."Change".....now I get it!!

    April 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob in San Diego

    Remember folks...... Al Qaeda wasn't in Iraq until our second grade President, El Stupido Bush, took us there so that he would have a legacy as a "wartime" president. Another loser will step up and claim the spot as the #1 or #2 guy...... no big deal here. How has it affected Al Qaeda in the past when we took out their leaders? I haven't heard anything like, "this has crippled Al Qaeda's ability to operate in the region." Let's get out of the region and stop being the bullies... Can't anyone see what this does to our reputation among the Arabic and Muslim world? They don't see us as liberators and kings of the free world. They see us quite differently, and we need to understand this and deal with it accordingly. If there is a problem in the region, let's act in a supporting role, not in the leading role. Politics shouldn't have anything to do with this...... it's just good policy.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ontimeinNC

    This is great news! I'll be glad when we can say non of our troops are over there...anywhere in the mid-east....

    April 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. seth

    Waiting for Better– This has nothing to do with the Obama Administration, they are destroying the moral of the troops by prosecuting every little scratch that is found on these murderers when they capture them. Bush administration was negligent as well. Our politicians are causing more soldiers to die each day because we only let them go half-speed. Let the military off the chain and they will clean up both Iraq and Afghanistan and send a nice message to Hitler's reincarnation in Tehran.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Susanne

    Now...if only Bin Laden would only suffer a similar deadly fate.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dandyjack

    I bet he is really pissed off. He was praying to a false prophet all tjhis time.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
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