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