Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq Abu Ayyob al-Masri was killed in Iraq, Dubai-based al-Arabiya satellite channel reported on Thursday.
The channel said that al-Masri was killed in the
Haditha in northwest of Baghdad by a U.S. raid, the channel said, adding that
the killing took place a few days ago but the Iraqi government preferred to
verify the identity of the killed before announcement.
However, shortly after the release of the killing
news by al-Arabiya, the pan-Arabic television channel al-Jazeera said that the
U.S. military in Iraq denied killing of al-Masri.
Al-Masri, an Egyptian who is also known as Abu Hamza
al-Muhajir, became the leader of al-Qaida network in Iraq after the U.S. troops
killed the former chief of the organization Abu Musam al-Zarqawi in June.