April 19, 2010

Factbox: Facts On Killed Leader Of al Qaeda In Iraq

"Iraqi and U.S. forces have killed the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq -- Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir -- in what the U.S. military said on Monday was a 'potentially devastating blow' to the militant group.
Here are some facts on Masri:"

* In June 2006, a statement signed by al Qaeda said the shura council of al Qaeda in Iraq "unanimously agreed on Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajir to be a successor to Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," the militant group's previous leader who was killed by U.S. forces shortly beforehand.

* The U.S. military described Masri as a close Zarqawi associate who trained in Afghanistan and formed al Qaeda's first cell in Baghdad. He had been on a previous list of 29 militants most wanted by the U.S. military.