Al-Zarqawi's Death Also Death of Al Qaeda in Iraq?
Military identifies new al Qaeda leaderBy Ibon Villelabeitia
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Thursday it believed it knew the real identity of the new leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, and expected him to continue the bloody tactics of his slain predecessor.
Al Qaeda on Monday named the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed last week in a U.S. air strike, as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir.
"We think that Abu Ayyub al-Masri is in fact, probably, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. They are probably one and the same," Major General William Caldwell, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, told a news conference.The Rest.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) --
Iraq reveals 'al Qaeda plans'
The Iraqi government Thursday said that newly discovered documents from al Qaeda in Iraq revealed information that could destroy the terror network.
"We believe that this is the beginning of the end of al Qaeda in Iraq," said Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, at a press conference in Baghdad.
He said the seized documentation indicates how al Qaeda is using virtually everyone as a pawn in its fight.
The group was planning to exacerbate already hostile tensions between Iran and the United States in order to climb out of a "bleak" situation in Iraq, according to documents al-Rubaie cited. (Read English translation)
Post-al-Zarqawi Raids Kill 104 Insurgents
By KIM GAMEL
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - American and Iraqi forces have carried out 452 raids since last week's killing of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and 104 insurgents were killed during those actions, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said the raids were carried out nationwide and led to the discovery of 28 significant arms caches.
He said 255 of the raids were joint operations, while 143 were carried out by Iraqi forces alone. The raids also resulted in the captures of 759 ``anti-Iraqi elements.''
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