facebook
twitter
search
search

Caldwell: Have yet to ID al-Masri's body

May 3, 2007 at 5:17 PM

BAGHDAD, May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell Thursday said he cannot yet confirm Iraqi terrorist leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed.

Speaking to reporters in Baghdad, Caldwell said coalition forces have been targeting al-Qaida in Iraq in a series of raids dubbed Operation Rat Trap. In Anbar province, he said, local leaders have made it clear al-Qaida in Iraq operatives are no longer welcome.

Caldwell said Muharib Abdul Latif, al-Qaida in Iraq's chief propagandist, was killed in a raid Tuesday but forces have yet to determine whether al-Masri was killed in internecine fighting, as reported earlier this week, and are unsure who Baghdadi is -- or if he even exists.

"I know there's been a couple announcements that somebody did kill Ayyub al-Masri," Caldwell said. "We do not have nor do we know anybody that has in their possession right now either a person alive or dead that we can do DNA analysis or photo identification on at this point. We just don't have any information or knowledge of that."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say
U.S. airstrike kills one of first Islamic State members in Syria
Former Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachyov suing kremlin for $15 billlion
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
July 4 terror threats an annual but necessary ritual, experts say