June 7, 2010

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Al-Qaida in Iraq is struggling to reorganize following the death of several of its leaders at the hands of U.S. and Iraqi forces, U.S. military leaders said.

Al-Qaida in Iraq confirmed in April that its leaders Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri were killed in Tikrit in a joint U.S.-Iraqi military operation.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden had called the deaths a “potentially devastating blow” to al-Qaida in Iraq.

U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, told Pentagon reporters that al-Qaida in Iraq was on its way to defeat.

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