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. therodt

    Wow, sooo Bin Laden in my lifetime?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. John Gomes

    Way to go...! Good riddance to these two pigs with blood on their hands ! A public beheading would have been a better way to do it...

    April 19, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Craig

    Under this presidential administration, we have found and/or killed more al Qaeda leaders in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan than the former administration. We should have no reason to criticize that this administration is not fulfilling the objective in the Middle East, and this proves why we should not. As more details come out as the troops enter Kandahar, we will truly see the true preparedness of our troops and why the 30,000 troop surge was worth implementing.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. sally

    No big deal. They are like roaches, a dime a dozen.
    The sad truth is you have to eradicate ALL of them.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. chuck miles

    Congratulations for this excellent work! Please remain aggressive in this task. I believe the battle is far from over, and that we will be required to spend yet several more years bringing peace and democracy to the region. The tribal and religious systems of the region make success very difficult.

    And it would help if we had a president who knew what he was doing,... but sadly we do not and I believe he may bury this county before our problems get turned around.

    Regards, Chuck Miles
    Junction City, OR

    April 19, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Les

    Great news and I hope the Iraq military have continued success. al Qaeda doesn't think of anyone but themselves and use God as an excuse to kill innocent people.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    According to the AP, one year ago Abu Ayyub al-Masri was arrested by Iraqi security forces.

    Why didn't we hold on to him then?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eugene Frank MD

    Despite the Bush/Cheney 'war on terrorism' and, hence, the need to curtail personal freedom, there seemed to be little in the way of results. Cheney's accusation that the Obama administration is weak on terror, makes as much sense as the Iraqi war and WMDs. Under Obama we are seeing real results, on a regular basis and not a peep out of the Cheney-Palin racist, ignorance and just plain hate motivated attacks.

    They have neither the courage, nor integrity, to ever say anything positive about recent accomplishments.

    April 19, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. ModerateGuy

    Congrats to the joint US-Iraqi operations that erased this blight. However, it's likely the dead leaders will be looked at as martyrs by their terrorist pals. Hopefully it will demoralize at least a few of them, and then the US-Iraqi forces can kill/capture the next batch of terrorist leaders to further their doubts. Still a long way to go though.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. tom

    They won't be missed at all! Good job, now get the rest of the clowns!!!

    April 19, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. akw


    Well done, soldiers and Marines, well done.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. inspiral

    So those rats were found in hiding in their natural habitat, well it didn't work for Saddam Husein either.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. bestglenn

    Good work President Obama and the US forces

    April 19, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. xfiler93

    Hope it is true...great news for a Monday!

    April 19, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. HRPufnstuf

    Was it their #2 man? We're ALWAYS getting their #2 man! This would make, what, 15 -20 #2 men we've got now? I'll bet BOTH of them were the #2 man!

    April 19, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
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