Insurgents Claim to Have Killed Al-Masri, Again…
Abu Ayyub al-Masri may or may not be dead, but either way, there is a lot of hate between the Iraqi’s and al-Qaeda. The following excerpt from the article is very telling:
“As for al-Masri’s death, one Iraqi government source told Reuters News Service that it was probably score-settling with al-Qaida, potentially signaling a widening split among insurgents in Iraq. “
Report: Al-Qaida In Iraq Head Killed
News Comes During Political Clash On Iraq
POSTED: 8:39 am CDT May 1, 2007
WASHINGTON — Iraqi government officials told NBC News on Tuesday that the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has been killed.
The news comes during a major political clash in Washington over the future of U.S. involvement in Iraq.
The death of Abu Ayyub al-Masri happened during a fight between militants north of Baghdad, a government spokesman said.
However, Iraqi officials have rushed out similar reports in the past, only to acknowledge later that they were not accurate, The Associated Press reported.
Al-Masri took over al-Qaida in Iraq last June after the killing of Abu Musban al-Zarqawi.
The State Department’s latest report on global terror said the new leader brought deadly change.
“Quite clearly, there was a decision … sometime in the spring of last year to try to incite sectarian violence,” said Frank C. Urbancic, acting coordinator of the Office of Counterterrorism. “Suicide bombings increased dramatically in the second half of the year.”
News of Masri’s death adds an unexpected twist to a day of well-planned political staging in Washington. Democrats planned to hold a special ceremony on Tuesday to send up their war-funding bill requring a troop draw-down.
But President George W. Bush wants talks on a new a bill to start Wednesday. “I look forward to working with members of both parties to get a bill that doesn’t set artificial timetables and doesn’t micromanage, and gets the money to our troops,” Bush said.
As for al-Masri’s death, one Iraqi government source told Reuters News Service that it was probably score-settling with al-Qaida, potentially signaling a widening split among insurgents in Iraq.Explore posts in the same categories: Al-Qaeda, Body Count, Good News, Iraq