US denies arrest of al-Masri, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader
Friday, May 9, 2008
Major Peggy Kageleiry, a spokesperson for the US forces in Iraq, said "neither coalition forces nor Iraqi security forces detained or killed Abu Ayyub al-Masri. This guy had a similar name."
When pressed for an answer by Associated Press, al-Askari said, "We called the commander of Ninevah operations 10 times and every time he insisted it was Abu Hamza al-Muhajir because when they caught him, they asked him whether his name was Abu Hamza al-Muhajir and he said yes."
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir is a known alias of Abu Ayyub al-Masri.
Askari added that the commander repeatedly "insisted that it was him, how can we deny him then," in explaining why he told the press yesterday that Al-Masri had been captured.
- Ryan Finn. "U.S. Military Can't Confirm Arrest of Al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader" — , May 9, 2008
- "U.S.: Iraq's Al Qaeda Boss Still On Loose" — , May 9, 2008
- Patrick Quinn. "US military denies Iraq report of al-Qaida arrest" — , May 9, 2008