April 27, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
AL-QA’IDA in Iraq is struggling to recruit volunteers for suicide bombings and other attacks, the US army says, hours after the jihadist network confirmed the deaths of its top commanders.
Brigadier General Ralph Baker, a senior officer in Baghdad, said no one could deny that the killing of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayub al-Masri, who had direct links with Osama bin Laden, was a “decapitation” for its leadership.
The SITE Intelligence Group reported that the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the al-Qa’ida front in the country, had in a statement posted on jihadist Internet forums announced for the first time the deaths of the two men.
But the insurgents also vowed in the message that other insurgents would take their place, under plans put in place ahead of the Iraqi-US military strike that killed them in a house north of Baghdad on April 18.