Iraq claims 2 Qaeda leaders dead
Baghdad - Iraq's prime minister says two of the most wanted al-Qaeda in Iraq figures have been killed in a joint operation with the US.
Nouri al-Maliki said on Monday that Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri were killed over the weekend when a joint operation of US and Iraqi forces rocketed a home where they were hiding.
At a news conference he showed reporters pictures of two dead bodies he identified as al-Baghdadi and al-Masri. But his claims could not immediately be verified.
The Iraqi government has claimed many times over that it had either captured or killed al-Baghdadi, most recently a year ago.