Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chalk another one up for U.S. forces against al-Qaeda

While al-Qaeda spouts epithets at President-elect Barack Obama, U.S. forces whittle away at the Islamist extremist terrorist group’s leadership in Iraq. Reuters reports that on Nov. 11 U.S. forces killed Haji Hammadi, a senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leader wanted for planning suicide bombings, kidnappings and assassinations.

U.S. forces killed Hammadi—who has allegedly been affiliated to al-Qaeda in Iraq since its inception—during a raid in Baghdad’s upmarket western Mansour district.

“The removal of a cold blooded killer of innocent Iraqis and U.S. service personnel will further degrade the ability of al-Qaeda to carry out ... ruthless attacks in Iraq,” Brigadier-General David Perkins, the spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, told a news conference earlier today.smleaf

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