2 Top Al-Qaida Leaders Killed in Iraq

An Iraqi intelligence team has hunted down and killed 2 senior al-Qaeda leaders, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, has said.

Nouri al-Maliki on Monday showed reporters pictures he said showed Abu Ayub al-Masri, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, also Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the purported leader of al-Qaeda's local affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq, before and later than their deaths.

Speaking a news conference, Nouri al- Maliki said that Iraqi intelligence agents had found the 2 men in Salehiddin province on Saturday after assistance from the U.S.

Nouri al-Maliki said the US military had carried out DNA tests on the bodies to establish their identities. The US military confirmed the deaths of the 2 men.

"The death of these 2 terrorists is a potentially devastating blow to al Qaeda in Iraq," the US forces in Iraq said in a statement.

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