Top Al-Qaida Leaders Killed in Iraq 

An assault by Iraqi and American forces killed the top two leaders of al-Qaida 
in Iraq Sunday. The bodies of Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were 
found in a hole in the ground after coalition forces lit up the house where 
they had been hiding. Americans gave Iraqi troops credit for the operation but 
said "U.S. forces also participated" in the operation, which led to the deaths 
of two other al-Qaida affiliates and the arrest of 16 men. The U.S. military 
said the strike could be a "potentially devastating blow" to al-Qaida in Iraq, 
and Reuters said the deaths of Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi 
"could be a major set-back to the stubborn insurgency." But even as the 
security situation in Iraq appears to be improving, the political situation 
isn't exactly stabilizing. An Iraqi judicial panel announced Monday that 
ballots cast in Baghdad in last month's inconclusive election would be 
recounted by hand, throwing the election "wide open" and guaranteeing days, if 
not weeks, of further uncertainty about who will lead the country.

Read original story in Reuters | Monday, April 19, 2010 

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