Friday, April 30, 2010

Death stalked al Qaeda's messenger

Two of al Qaeda's top Iraqi leaders, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayub al-Masri, were outed by their messenger. They refused to use any cell phoness or computers for fear of being tracked by US forces.

Turns out death found them anyways. National Post

An al-Qaeda messenger unwittingly sent two of the group's top commanders to their deaths, when a U.S.-backed force tracked him to their den and killed them, investigators said yesterday.

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayub al-Masri, who had direct links with Osama bin Laden, were killed in a shootout when a joint Iraqi-U. S. force raided their safehouse north of Baghdad on April 18.

Baghdadi, the political leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and Masri, the group's self-styled "minister of war," did not use cellphones or the Internet but relied on their own "postman" who relayed messages between them and other terrorists.

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