CNN is reporting that the U.S. military and the Iraqi government have denied claims that al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri was recently killed by U.S.
At least two Arab TV networks and Reuters news agency
reported that al-Masri was killed in a raid in Haditha, but a U.S.
military spokesman said those reports are not true.
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Websites discussing Iraq’s al-Qaeda have suggested that Abu Hamza al-Muhajer may be the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist leader recently killed in a US strike.