April 20, 2010

THEY CALL THEM SAFE HOUSES, WE CALL THEM FREE FIRE ZONES:

Iraq deals al-Qaeda a heavy blow (Asia Times, 4/20/10)

Iraqi and United States forces have killed the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and a second senior member of the terrorist network in a joint operation US officials are praising as a blow to the country's insurgency and a sign of strengthening Iraqi security forces.

Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), was killed on April 18 when Iraqi and US troops raided an al-Qaeda safe house near the city of Tikrit. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the leader of the al-Qaeda affiliate group, Islamic State of Iraq, was also killed during the early morning assault. [...]

Iraqi and US forces surrounded the al-Qaeda safe house, which was destroyed in the operation, Maliki said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2010 6:04 AM
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