Thursday, October 05, 2006

Al-Masri Not Dead Yet

Unfortunately it looks like Abu Ayyub al-Masri is not among those killed in a recent raid on an al-Qaida cell in Iraq. Ynet says the US military denied reports it had killed the leader and Iraqi officials said they were awaiting the results of DNA tests on several suspects killed in a raid.

US military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson said, "We thought he may have been among those killed but now we do not believe this was the case. We do not believe that we have killed al-Masri, but we are still doing DNA tests."

An aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said DNA tests were still being conducted on the bodies. The tests suggested one of the dead was an al Qaeda leader but not Masri, he told Reuters.

Earlier this month, Iraq's National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie said Masri's "days are numbered"."I tell the Iraqi people that we will get you Abu Ayyub al-Masri either as a corpse or tied up to face justice soon," he told reporters.

I hope he's right.

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