Abu Ayyub al-Masri injured??
During my Internet surfing this morning, I found this blog, Meanwhile in Palestine and Iraq, linked off a comment at Healing Iraq. Meanwhile in Palestine and Iraq posted a story, Al-Qaida in Iraq Leader Wounded based on this My Way News report:
Feb 15, 5:34 PM (ET)
“BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was wounded and an aide was killed in a clash Thursday with Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.
The clash occurred near Balad, a major U.S. base about 50 miles north of the capital, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said.
Khalaf said al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri was wounded and his aide, identified as Abu Abdullah al-Majemaai, was killed.
Khalaf declined to say how Iraqi forces knew al-Masri had been injured, and there was no report on the incident from U.S. authorities.
Deputy Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal said he had no information about such a clash or that al-Masri had been involved.
Al-Masri took over the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq after its charismatic leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a U.S. airstrike last June in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.”
At this point, it appears the validity of this report is not determined. We will all have to wait and see.