The old adage, “live by the sword, die by the sword,” has once again proven it’s validity. Today, MSNBC reports that Abu Ayyub al Masri (also known as Abu Hamzah al-Muhajir) and Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, were killed during security operations in Iraq.
The two men are considered to be the two most senior al Qaeda leaders in Iraq. Abu Ayyub al Masri was the military leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), having replaced Abu Musab al Zarqawi when he was killed in 2006. And Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, also known as Hamid Dawud Muhammad Khalil al Zawi, was the AQI leader of the proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq.
In a written statement, United States Forces-Iraq Commander, General Raymond T. Odierno, said:
“The death of these terrorists is potentially the most significant blow to al Qaeda in Iraq since the beginning of the insurgency. The Government of Iraq intelligence services and security forces supported by U.S. intelligence and special operations forces have over the last several months continued to degrade AQI. There is still work to do but this is a significant step forward in ridding Iraq of terrorists.”
This must certainly be a significant blow to the foreign-based terrorists operating in Iraq under the AQI banner and can only be considered good news by those who hope peace will return soon to the Iraqi people.
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