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The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq is dead, the Iraqi Interior Ministry says.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri was killed in a a dispute between al-Qaida and other insurgent groups, according to a televised statement by the official spokesman of Iraq's Interior Ministry, Brig. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf.
Al-Masri was the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the long time al-Qaida leader who was killed by American forces last year.
In recent months there have been reports of a split within the insurgency, with some branches becoming more and more resistant to al-Qaida's tactics — especially the killing of massive numbers of civilians, both Sunni and Shiite.
While details are far from clear, there have also been reports of al-Qaida killing members of other armed insurgent forces in an effort to keep their vision of the insurgency — the creation of a radical Islamic state in Iraq — paramount among groups that are fighting the American presence and the Iraqi government.
Originally posted by EvilBat
posted on 5/1/2007 @ 03:04 AM
News travels fast
was posted here a few min ago