The lead terrorist behind the slaughter of two US soldiers last month was killed in Iraq it was announced today. Diyar Ismail Mahmoud, known as Abu al-Afghani, was an Al Zarqawi top lieutenant… Not any more.
Pfc. Kristian Menchaca (Left) and Pfc. Thomas Lowell Tucker were killed in a terrorist attack outside of Youssifiyah and their bodies mutilated beyond recognition.
Officials also reported that several other high level Al Qaeda operatives were detained in recent raids:
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A Jordanian who was responsible for slaughtering two U.S. soldiers last month was fatally wounded in a clash with security forces, a senior Iraqi official said Tuesday.
Diyar Ismail Mahmoud, known as Abu al-Afghani, was identified as the killer of the two soldiers, Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie told reporters. The two soldiers’ mutilated bodies were found after they were taken prisoner following a clash near Youssifiyah.
A third American was killed in the clash.
The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella of extremist groups, claimed in an Internet statement that the three soldiers were killed last month in retaliation for the rape-murder. (This is a bogus claim that the media continues to repeat.)U.S. officials say they have no evidence to substantiate the claim.
The killing of the Americans followed the June 7th death of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. airstrike northeast of Baghdad. Mahmoud was a top al-Zarqawi lieutenant, al-Rubaie said.
Al-Rubaie also says security forces have detained the leaders of the Omar Brigade group, a wing of al Qaeda in Iraq that claims to have carried many deadly attacks throughout the country.
He identifies the group’s leader as Jassim Mohammed, known as Abu Othman, his deputy Abu Aisha, in charge of financing the group, and Abu Ihab, in charge of recruitment. The fourth is Abu Islam, who is chief of religious affairs, al-Rubaie said.
One of the attacks the Omar Brigade is reponsible for, was the deadly bombing in Baghdad’s eastern neighbourhood of Sadr City on July 1 that killed 66 people.
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