Iraq claims 2 Qaeda leaders dead

2010-04-19 17:00

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.