Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Another Al Qaeda Leader Meeting Allah

Update: Fox News is reporting Al Masri was killed by Sunni members of the Anbar Awakening Council allied with the government, along with 4 foreigners and 3 Iraqis. The body has been transferred to U.S. control for identification.

There are as of yet unconfirmed reports that Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, has assumed room temperature:

The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq was killed on Tuesday in a fight between insurgents north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said, but the U.S. military said it could not confirm the report.

There has been growing friction between Sunni Islamist al Qaeda and other Sunni Arab insurgent groups over al Qaeda's indiscriminate killing of civilians and its imposition of an austere brand of Islam in the areas where it holds sway.

If true, the death of Abu Ayyub al-Masri would signal a deepening split at a time when the Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is trying to woo some insurgent groups into the political process.
If true, this would be good news indeed. Read the entire article here.

(H/T Dinah Lord)

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