Al-Qaida in Iraq broken, Odierno says

Al-Qaida in Iraq broken, Odierno says

WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida in Iraq is struggling to reorganize following the death of several of its leaders at the hands of U.S. and Iraqi forces, U.S. military leaders said.

Al-Qaida replaces slain chiefs, fights on

BAGHDAD, May 17 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq, has named leaders to replace veterans killed by U.S. and Iraqi forces in April and has intensified its onslaught as Iraq's political barons duel for power after inconclusive March elections.

Al-Qaida confirms deaths of top leaders

BAGHDAD, April 26 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida confirmed the deaths of two of its top leaders in Iraq.

Al-Qaida praises slain leaders

BAGHDAD, April 25 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida in Iraq Sunday confirmed two of its leaders were killed in Tikrit in a joint U.S.-Iraqi military operation.

Anti-terror coups boost Iraq army status

BAGHDAD, April 22 (UPI) -- Amid widespread concerns that Iraq's security forces cannot maintain stability as U.S. troop strength dwindles, Iraqi authorities are trumpeting a series of major coups against terrorism in recent days that could have immense political significance.

Three al-Qaida insurgents killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, April 20 (UPI) -- Three senior al-Qaida members were killed by Iraqi and U.S. forces in Iraq over the past days, officials said.
Iraq reports death of al-Qaida leader

Iraq reports death of al-Qaida leader

BAGHDAD, April 20 (UPI) -- The leader of an al-Qaida terrorist group operating north of Baghdad was killed by U.S. forces, an Iraqi military commander said Tuesday.
Al-Qaida leaders killed

Al-Qaida leaders killed

BAGHDAD, April 20 (UPI) -- Two leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq were killed in an operation carried out by Iraqi and U.S. forces, officials said.
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Two al-Qaida leaders killed in raid

Two al-Qaida leaders killed in raid

BAGHDAD, April 19 (UPI) -- Two Iraqi al-Qaida leaders have been killed in a U.S. airstrike, U.S. and Iraqi leaders announced Monday.

Al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed in Mosel

BAGHDAD, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Coalition forces killed al-Qaida in Iraq's second-in-command during an operation earlier in October in Mosul, the U.S. military command announced Wednesday.

Letters appear to show al-Qaida fractures

BAGHDAD, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Letters allegedly written by the No. 2 man in al-Qaida and released by the U.S. military complain about recruitment, communications and other internal issues.

Bounty on al-Qaida leader Masri lowered

WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- The bounty on al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri is down from $5 million to $100,000 because he is no longer an effective leader, U.S. officials said.

Iraq initiates major al-Qaida operation

MOSUL, Iraq, May 10 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Army, supported by nearly 10,000 Sunni tribesmen, has initiated a major operation against al-Qaida in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the BBC said.

Head of al-Qaida in Iraq still free

BAGHDAD, May 9 (UPI) -- Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al-Qaida in Iraq, hasn't been captured despite reports to that effect, a senior U.S. military official said Friday.

Al-Qaida in Iraq letter intercepted

BAGHDAD, April 17 (UPI) -- A letter intercepted by the U.S. military from the body of a slain al-Qaida operative has provided a detailed look into the inner workings of al-Qaida in Iraq.
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Abu Ayyub al-Masri
Iraqi's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shows pictures of al-Qaida leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri before and after his death by Iraqi forces, supported by U.S. forces, on April 19, 2010. Al-Baghdadi was one of two top al-Qaida leaders killed in Iraq. UPI/Iraqi Government/HO

Abu Ayyub al-Masri (أبو أيّوب المصري, Abū Ayyūb al-Maṣrī) also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (أبو حمزة المهاجر) (c. 1968 – April 18, 2010) was a senior aide to the former leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. When Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike on 7 June 2006, U.S. Pentagon sources identified him as among the prime candidates to assume direction of the Iraqi insurgency.

The Mujahideen Shura Council, which claims to speak for Tenzheem Qa'adah al-Jihad and other groups in Iraq, named Abu Hamza al-Muhajir as their new emir in June 2006. However, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said, “It’s not clear at this point who is in (control). We’ve seen a number of different reports … In our view it’s not yet settled.” His real name is Abdul-Monim al-Badawi according to an al-Qaida statement last year describing the makeup of a new "War Cabinet."

Born in Egypt, he joined the Muslim Brotherhood and, according to General Caldwell, joined Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad in 1982, where he was Zawahiri’s protégé. He went to bin Laden’s al-Farouk camp in Afghanistan in 1999, where he became an expert with explosives, especially truck bombs and roadside bombs like those currently used in Iraq.

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