United States identifies new Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq as Egyptian Abu Ayyub Al-Masri
Friday, June 16, 2006
"We think that Abu Ayyub al-Masri is in fact, probably, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. They are probably one and the same" said Major General William Caldwell, spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri is thought to specialise in bomb making.
The announcement came eight days after Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who had been identified by al-Qaeda as its leader in Iraq, had been "terminated" in a U.S. airstrike near Baqubah.
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