Two more top AlQaida leaders killed

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    Statement confirms deaths of top al-Qaeda figures - USATODAY.com

    CAIRO (AP) — An al-Qaeda front group in Iraq declared in a statement posted on the Internet Sunday that its two top figures have been killed.
    The statement by the Islamic State of Iraq provided the first confirmation from the terror network of the April 19 claim by the Iraqi and U.S. governments that the two men were killed in a joint operation while hiding at a safe house near the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has described the death Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri as a "potentially devastating blow" to al-Qaeda in Iraq. Their deaths also have provided Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with a boost in his efforts to keep his job after his coalition finished second in parliamentary elections held March 7.

    Sunday's statement said the death of al-Baghdadi and al-Masri would not affect the group's operations in Iraq after new members have joined the group recently. It also poured lavish praise on the two men.

    "After a long journey filled with sacrifices and fighting falsehood and its representatives, two knights have dismounted to join the group of martyrs," the statement said. "We announce that the Muslim nation has lost two of the leaders of jihad, and two of its men, who are only known as heroes on the path of jihad."
     
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    This may be true, but given the track record, it's just as likely not to be.

    Biden lauds killing of Qaida in Iraq figure US military once declared fictional

    Maybe it's really the smoke monster from ABC's Lost.

    Monday afternoon in the White House briefing room, Vice President Joe Biden lauded reports that "early in the morning, October 18th, Iraqi security forces killed the two most senior leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq during a series of joint security operations."

    Biden apparently meant to say April 18th, but his confusion regarding the fate of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi is understandable, considering, as the Associated Press notes, "Past Iraqi claims to have captured or killed al-Baghdadi have turned out to be wrong, and the Islamic State of Iraq has issued at least two denials of his capture."

    Al-Baghdadi was so elusive that at times U.S. officials also have questioned whether he was a real person or merely a composite of a terrorist that the ISI invented to bolster its threats. The U.S. military once even asserted that audio recordings in the name of a fictitious al-Baghdadi were in fact read by someone else.

    In July of 2007 Reuters reported,

    A July of 2007 LA Times story added, "In March, he was declared captured. In May, he was declared killed, and his purported corpse was displayed on state-run TV. But Wednesday, Omar al-Baghdadi, the supposed leader of an al-Qaida-affiliated group in Iraq, was declared nonexistent by U.S. military officials, who say he is a fictional character created to give an Iraqi face to a foreign-run terror group."

    In September of 2008, military blogger Bill Roggio wrote,

    Two years ago, the spokesman for the Iraqi Sunni jihad organization Hamas-Iraq, Ahmad Salah Al-Din told a Qatari paper that Al-Masri was the real leader of AQI.

    And just like Al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi government has declared that Al-Masri was killed multiple times in the past, and in 2007, "An Iraqi intelligence report suggested that al-Masri had fallen foul of a growing feud between his foreign-led al-Qaeda cells and home-grown Sunni insurgents," a British newspaper reported.

    Further excerpts from Biden's address:

    Biden took no questions from the press after his brief statement.


    It's been reported that we've killed "the number two man in Al Qaeda" so many times that you'd think he was the drummer for Spinal Tap, then invariably, at least half the time they end up popping back up alive only to be declared killed again. This guy's been reported killed, captured, alive, fictional, and now real and dead so frequently it'll make your head spin.

    This may or may not be accurate, but it's best taken with a grain of salt.
     
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    Gosh, at this rate I wonder if Allah's having trouble coming up with enough smelly virgins to service the boys? Hope he's not forced to get real real young ones to handle the demand. The boys might feel slighted a bit if the youngsters are lacking adequate facial hair.
     
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    Alkida in iraq are not members of bin laden's alkida. "AIR" was a term coined by the bush administration in hopes of garnering new support for the occupation. As usual, sheep swallow the propaganda without question.
     

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