Friday, February 24, 2006


Al-Qaida Leader Killed

One less thang:

The al-Qaida leader in northern Baghdad has been killed in a raid, U.S. military officials said Friday.

The man was identified as Abu Asma, also known as Abu Anas and Akram Mahmud al-Mushhadani, an explosives expert said to be responsible for manufacturing car bombs.

Officials said he died in a northern Baghdad raid conducted by coalition forces with the help of Iraqi police.

"Intelligence reports indicated Abu Asma was in possession of, and expected to use, suicide vests against the Iraqi people and security forces," a statement said. "He was directly responsible for many deaths and injuries of coalition and Iraqi security forces."

Meanwhile, Iraqi soldiers captured four suspected terrorists west of Baghdad believed to be involved in a cell that makes and emplaces roadside bombs.

Elsewhere, two Iraqi soldiers and two civilians were injured when a roadside bomb detonated in the vicinity of Al Haswah.

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