U.S.-Iraqi Forces Kill Top Al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader

U.S. military officials confirm that Al Qaeda in Iraq’s leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was killed in an attack on the house where he had holed up in the Iraqi city Thar-Thar, 50 miles west of Baghdad. Also killed in the joint Iraqi-U.S. raid was Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the al-Qaeda affiliated group the Islamic State of Iraq.

Over at the Long War Journal, Bill Roggio provides some good background info on al-Masri. He was hand selected by Ayman al Zawahari to take command of al Qaeda in Iraq after a U.S. air strike killed its founder, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, in 2006. Roggio says the deaths of al-Masri and Baghdadi come on the heels of a series of strikes against AQI’s leadership ranks over the past four months.

“The death of these terrorists is potentially the most significant blow to al-Qaeda in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency,” said Iraq commander, Gen. Ray Odierno, in a press release on the U.S. Forces Iraq web site. The release says that a U.S. soldier died in a helicopter crash during the raid.

— Greg

  • Randall Combs

    I think I speak for all when I say… HELL YA!

  • BLight

    Prisoners would be nice, but corpses are somewhat acceptable.

    Sucks for the soldier that died. But why did a helicopter crash? Should look into it…

  • Project Thor

    More worm food…

  • hibeam

    I think it is time for them to change their name to Al-Qaeda in Disarabia.

  • Philo

    Meka Leka High motherf*cker….(waves goodbye)

  • @Earlydawn

    One would think that AQ in Iraq would have the good sense to go to ground and try again after the transition.. then again, I guess upper-level strategy isn’t the most prevalent skill in the ranks.

  • Brian Mulholland

    Perhaps it’ll be a while until these two are replaced, and perhaps there’ll be a concomitant slowdown in AQ-I activities. THAT, in turn, would be at least a partial confirmation that the organization has been seriously degraded.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t groan with pleasure at hibeam’s pun. Best in Forum for this month.

  • ACheng

    I am concerned even with Al-Muhajer is dead wouldnt AQ would have someone on the pipe line to replace him. AQ may be slowed down and dis-organized for now but sooner or later i wouldnt be surprised they will re-organized and will strike again.
    Stay on your toes hopefully they don’t have someone better than that bastard in his place and he won’t last long.

  • Thunder350

    Revenge bombing of civilians commencing in……

  • Rich

    Good to see the fly trap is still working.

  • davebo

    There will always be more effin’ cockroaches in the pipeline-just like Nazi’s. We need to call Brad Pitt’s character in from Inglorious Basterds to infiltrate and invite them all to a gala fim festival . . . then let the Napalm fly!

  • mikeCZ

    HH lol just another US murder…