Okay, let me see if I got this straight…
2006 Brigadier General calls the whole group a ‘MYTH”
Al-Qaida leader killed in 2007.
Then today, 4/20/2010, the media announces this same leader is killed again???
Whatever is going on??? Are the dead walking again over there? Osama has 8 lives left that I know of. Looks like this “Bag-daddi guy is down to 7 now??
“Vice President Joe Biden called this latest “kill” a “potentially devastating blow” to al-Qaida in Iraq.”
All I can to say to VP Biden is: “the devastating blow” became an in our face reality during the 2008 election year and has not eased up since!
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Latest UPDATE: 4-23-10
BAGHDAD – A series of bombings mainly targeting Shiite worshippers killed at least 60 people on Friday, officials said, just days after U.S. and Iraqi forces killed the top two al-Qaida leaders in Iraq in what was described as devastating blow to the insurgency.
High-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed
BAGHDAD – Iraqi and U.S. troops killed a regional leader of al-Qaida in Iraq in an early morning raid Tuesday, as security forces continue to put pressure on the terrorist organization following the reported deaths of its two top-ranking figures over the weekend, officials said.
Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri were killed in a joint operation Sunday in what Vice President Joe Biden called a “potentially devastating blow” to al-Qaida in Iraq.
The intelligence that led to the elusive leaders’ desert safehouse about six miles (10 kilometers) southwest of Tikrit came from the same source — a senior al-Qaida operative captured last month — that produced the information leading to Tuesday’s raid, according to a senior Iraqi military intelligence officer who supervised both operations.
Building on information provided by the captured al-Qaida agent, Iraqi intelligence services were able to track down all three of the men, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the clandestine nature of his job.
The killing of the al-Qaida figures comes at a critical moment for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has staked his reputation on being the man who can restore stability to Iraq after years of bloodshed. His coalition came in second in March’s national election, but neither he nor his main rival have been able to muster enough support to form a new government.
The intelligence officer said al-Maliki personally oversaw the operations, and received daily briefings from him.
In Tuesday’s raid, American and Iraqi joint forces launched a morning attack in the northern province of Ninevah, killing suspected insurgent leader Ahmed al-Obeidi, Iraqi military spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said.
Al-Moussawi said the slain insurgent, known as Abu Suhaib, was in charge of al-Qaida in Iraq’s operations in the provinces of Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Ninevah.
Iraqi and American troops routinely share intelligence information, and it was a U.S. tip — which then generated more information from Iraqi informants — that led authorities to the isolated desert area outside Tikrit where al-Masri and al-Baghdadi were hiding, according to a U.S. official.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity so that he could talk more candidly about the operation.
Pictures of the remote one-story safehouse, shown exclusively to the AP by the Iraqi military intelligence officer, showed its roof caved in and its mudbrick walls partially destroyed.
U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza said the bodies of al-Masri and al-Baghdadi were identified using DNA matching, as well as fingerprint analysis and other methods.
“We have extreme confidence that these are the two individuals,” he told the AP.
Lanza said he could not comment at this time on operational details of the mission, but said it involved ground and aerial forces.
The Iraqi officer said Iraqi troops surrounded the safehouse and a firefight began with those inside. Iraqi forces then radioed American helicopters, which fired missiles at the house and the shooting from inside stopped, the officer said.
Iraqi forces had been hesitant to storm the house because they had heard al-Masri might be wearing a suicide vest, he said.
Once the shooting stopped, they went inside and found two women still alive — one was al-Masri’s wife — and four dead men who have been identified as al-Masri, his assistant, al-Baghdadi and al-Baghdadi’s son. A suicide vest was found on al-Masri’s corpse, the officer said.
In the wake of the attack, Lanza said American and Iraqi security forces would be keeping pressure on al-Qaida.
“They’re still a threat here, and we will not lose sight of that,” he told The Associated Press.
The terrorist organization in the past has reacted to the deaths of leading figures with new attacks, but it was not immediately clear whether scattered violence Tuesday across the country was related.
In one incident north of Baghdad, gunmen stormed into the home of a member of a Sunni group that joined forces with the Americans to fight al-Qaida in Iraq, killing his wife, his 22-year-old daughter, and his three other children ages 8 to 12, a police officer said.
The member of the local Sahwa, or Awakening Council, was working a shift at a nearby checkpoint and discovered the bodies when he returned to his home in Tarmiyah, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Baghdad, the officer said. An Interior Ministry official confirmed the deaths.
Elsewhere, a police colonel and his driver were killed by a roadside bomb in the western city of Hit, while seven other policemen and four civilians were injured in bombings in Ramadi and Baghdad, according to police officers in the cities.
The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the press.
U.S. says terrorist in Jill Carroll kidnapping killed
POSTED: 0713 GMT (1513 HKT), May 4, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A U.S. military commander said Thursday that an al Qaeda in Iraq militant believed to be involved in last year’s kidnapping of journalist Jill Carroll has been killed.
He is Muharib Abdul Latif al-Jubouri and was identified as the senior minister of information for al Qaeda in Iraq, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.
Caldwell said al-Jubouri was killed in a fight about four miles (six kilometers) west of the Taji air base north of Baghdad; the body initially was identified by photos, then confirmed by DNA testing on Wednesday.
Caldwell said al-Jubouri was connected with the 2006 kidnapping of Carroll, an American freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor held captive for nearly three months.
“Based on multiple detainee briefings, we know he was responsible for the transportation and movement of Jill Carroll from her various hiding places,” Caldwell said.
Al-Jubouri also was involved in the abduction of Tom Fox, one of four men from the Chicago, Illinois-based peace group Christian Peacemaker Teams, who was found fatally shot in Baghdad in March 2006, Caldwell said.
“Muharib was also the last one known to have had personal custody of Tom Fox before his death,” Caldwell said.
The U.S. general said al-Jubouri was the only top-level militant whose recent death the U.S. military could confirm.
Iraqi officials reported the death of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, said to be head of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella organization of Sunni militant groups.
Caldwell said it is not known who al-Baghdadi is or whether he exists, and Iraqis may have mistaken al-Jubouri for al-Baghdadi.
However, a Web posting purportedly from the Islamic State of Iraq acknowledged “the good news of the martyrdom” of al-Jubouri, but it said al-Baghdadi was not killed and “is among his kin, the subjects of the Islamic State of Iraq.”
The Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday night that Carroll did not recognize the military’s photo of al-Jubouri.
“She says the photo might be of a kidnapper whom she had taken to be a low-status guard, but couldn’t be sure,” the Monitor article, slated for Friday editions, said.
Earlier, Monitor editor Richard Bergenheim reacted to the news of al-Jubouri’s death by praising the U.S. military’s work in Iraq.
“While much remains to be done to improve conditions there, we appreciate all the U.S. military did to win Jill’s safe release and continuing efforts to make Iraq a safer place,” Bergenheim said.
Caldwell also said U.S. officials could not confirm reports of the death of another militant, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.
On Tuesday, tribal leaders in Abu Ghraib and Falluja told the Iraqi government that al-Masri was killed in fighting.
Al-Masri is the “war minister” in the Cabinet of the Islamic State of Iraq — which has claimed responsibility for a number of insurgent actions.
Iraqi authorities also said they can’t confirm al-Masri’s death, reports of which were dismissed by the Islamic State of Iraq.
A statement issued by the insurgent group said al-Masri is “safe” and “still battling the enemies of God.” (Watch how al Qaeda in Iraq evolved under al-Masri )
Al-Masri is an Egyptian who replaced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as head of al Qaeda in Iraq after al-Zarqawi’s death in a U.S. airstrike last June.
Perhaps, THIS is the REAL STORY we should be paying attention to???
Senior Qaeda figure in Iraq a myth: U.S. military(Reuters) – A senior operative for al Qaeda in Iraq who was caught this month has told his U.S. military interrogators a prominent al Qaeda-led group is just a front and its leader fictitious, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.
Brigadier-General Kevin Bergner told a news conference that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq, which was purportedly set up last year, did not exist.
The Islamic State of Iraq was established to try to put an Iraqi face on what is a foreign-driven network, Bergner said. The name Baghdadi means the person hails from the Iraqi capital.
Bergner said the information came from an operative called Khalid al-Mashadani who was caught on July 4 and who he said was an intermediary to Osama bin Laden.
He said Mashadani was believed to be the most senior Iraqi in the Sunni Islamist al Qaeda in Iraq network.
“In his words, the Islamic State of Iraq is a front organization that masks the foreign influence and leadership within al Qaeda in Iraq in an attempt to put an Iraqi face on the leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq,” Bergner said.
U.S. military officials in recent weeks have been pressed to explain the link between al Qaeda in Iraq and bin Laden’s global network given the military’s heightened focus on al Qaeda in Iraq as the biggest threat to the country.
The military blames al Qaeda in Iraq for most of the major bombings in Iraq, saying the group is trying to spark all-out civil war between majority Shi’tes and minority Sunni Arabs.
Bergner said Mashadani served as an intermediary between the al Qaeda in Iraq leader, Egyptian Abu Ayyab al-Masri and bin Laden and also the Egyptian cleric Ayman al-Zawahri, who is the global network’s No. 2 commander.
The Islamic State of Iraq was set up in October, comprising a group of Sunni militant affiliates and tribal leaders led by Baghdadi. In April, it named a 10-man “cabinet”.
The Islamic State of Iraq has claimed many high-profile acts of violence.
But Bergner said Mashadani and Masri had co-founded a “virtual organization in cyberspace called the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006 as a new Iraqi pseudonym for AQI”.
“To further this myth, Masri created a fictional head of the Islamic State of Iraq known as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi,” he said.
“To make al-Baghdadi appear credible, al-Masri swore allegiance to al-Baghdadi and pledged to obey him, which is essentially pledging allegiance to himself since he knew Baghdadi was fictitious and a creation of his own,” he said.
“The rank and file Iraqis in AQI believe they are following the Iraqi al-Baghdadi. But all the while they have been following the orders of the Egyptian Abu Ayyab al-Masri.”
Voice recordings purporting to be from Baghdadi have appeared on the Internet, although Bergner said he had been played by an actor. He did not refer to any video clips.
Bergner said Mashadani was al Qaeda’s “media emir” for Iraq.
He said the operative was “providing significant insights into the nature and circumstances of al Qaeda in Iraq”.
The U.S. military has always said al Qaeda in Iraq was run by foreigners.