Thursday, October 05, 2006

Iraq's al Qaeda leader said killed; denied

In other news, Iraq's al Qaeda leader has been reported killed by Arabiya TV. But recent updates suggest it probably isn't true.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's al Qaeda leader, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, has been killed, Al Arabiya television reported on Thursday. It gave no further details. Masri, an Egyptian who is also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, assumed the leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq after Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in June.

Breaking. DNA testing is apparently underway. Looks like it isn't al-Masri.

But the pursuit continues. Baghdad lockdown partly due to hunt of al-Qaeda chief: Coalition and Iraqi forces are in pursuit of al-Masri, thought to have been in Baghdad just last weekend. The lock down in the capital was partly to help in the capture or death of al-Masri believed to be in charge of the foiled attack on the Green Zone operation according to Bill Roggio


Blogger Scott McClelland said...

The life expectancy of the individual occupying this position appears to be on a strong downward trend.

10/05/2006 01:54:00 AM  
Blogger Pyrthroes said...

Surname DNA testing reveals unequivocally that al Masri is close cousin to Howard Dean, in direct male line to Harry Reid with a Frum/Pelosi offshoot. Generations of inbreeding have produced the inevitable result. Allah be praised, America's retro-Left political establishment will now joyfully welcome in its own!

10/05/2006 05:00:00 AM  
Blogger Woman Catholic said...

The best test for a dead al-Qaeda-in-Iraq leader is when they announce a new one. Hopefully such announcements will begin to occur with greater frequency.

10/05/2006 06:29:00 AM  
Blogger Dave H said...

I wonder if we are not going to see a DNA test of a thin red paste on the roof of some cave in the Tora Bora, lo and behold it's Bin Laden! Timed for about halloween night.

Seriously, how do they get verifiable sample DNA to test against the cadavers? I would be rather skeptical. I especially doubt anything whatever put about by Reuters, or for that matter any of the MSM news agencies, let alone Al Aribaya. Who is the latter BTW?

10/05/2006 08:40:00 AM  

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