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BAGHDAD, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Two top al-Qaida leaders in Iraq have recently been killed in a joint operation in north of Baghdad by U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces, but questions remain on whether this will greatly improve Iraq's fragile security.
"A cell from our intelligence killed Abu Omer al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Musri during operation in Tharthar area in north of Baghdad," incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told reporters in a televised news conference Monday.