Reports are coming out this AM that the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq has been killed. (It must make the reporters hands cramp to type that since they typically claim there is no Al-Qaeda in Iraq).
Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh told The Associated Press that al-Masri was believed to have been killed Monday in the Taji area north of Baghdad.
"Preliminary reports said he was killed yesterday in Taji area in a battle involving a couple of insurgent groups, possibly some tribal people who have problems with al-Qaida. These reports have to be confirmed."
Tribesmen in the western Anbar province have been fighting al-Qaida for weeks and claim to have killed dozens of them.
Al-Masri, an Egyptian militant also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, took over leadership of the terror network and was endorsed by Osama bin Laden after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed last June in a U.S. airstrike in Diyala province.
But already the spin is beginning from the nattering nabobs of negativity who would never admit that anything positive ever happens in Iraq... Bob Beckel was on Fox and Friends this morning and pooh-poohed the possible death because the Iraqis killed al Masri. Beckel said the competing terrorist groups in Iraq were responsible for the death (wait - did he actually admit there are terrorists in Iraq?)
For the glass half empty crowd here's a little crow for you to chew on... Iraqis taking up arms against an Al-Qaeda leader and putting him into the dirt is a GOOD THING. This is what President Bush and the military leaders have been hoping for. And if I recall, wasn't one of the complaints from the Murtha-ites about Iraqis not taking care of business for themselves. And frankly I don't care who killed the bastard - as long as he is stone cold dead.
Face it - you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. The only thing that will bring pleasure to the nabobs is complete failure and the military running away from Iraq with their tails tucked between their legs.