Al-Qaeda Chief in Iraq Killed? Maybe
Pajamas Media has a roundup on the reported death of Abu Ayyub al-Masri, al Qaeda chief in Iraq.
Abu al-Kareem Khalaf, the Interior Ministry spokesperson, told al-Iraqiya television that al-Masri was killed in the “Naba’i” area of Taji, and did not involve US or Iraqi forces, he said. “We have not seen his corpse yet,” the spokesman said, but stated that the ministry had the information on the basis of reliable intelligence. ...
(He was) reportedly killed in an internal fight between militants north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry spokesman said
Well that's interesting. There was a five million dollar bounty on al-Masri's head. I wonder if some Jihadi can put in a claim for the dough. The really interesting quesion is what the "militants" were fighting over. A number of acrimonious divisions have been reported between al-Qaeda and elements in the Sunni insurgency. Moreover, the al-Qaeda has recently been reported to have launched attacks on the Sunni population itself in order to keep it in line. In a society where prestige depends on being able to exact venegeance for dead relatives al-Masri may have been playing a game of Russian roulette by making enemies continuously until the day came when he had to lose.