Another one bites the dust. For a small, shadowy organization, al-Qaeda certainly has many “leaders.” In the last two weeks, the media has reported the killing of any number of al-Qaeda leaders in various Muslim countries.
“Saudi leader of Al Qaeda killed in Iraq,” from Al-Sumaria, October 20:
Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Mohammed Al Askari reported that a special force killed on Sunday a Saudi leader of Al Qaeda called Abu Ubaida and his Iraqi assistant in a crackdown operation in Fatimiyat region in north eastern Baghdad. Al Askari noted that Abu Ubaida wearing an explosives belt was killed before he was able to detonate himself.
In a separate incident, two citizens were killed and tens others wounded including two policemen in a car bomb explosion near a fuel station in Al Zaafaraniya region.
Hours after the first explosion, a second explosion detonated in the same region in the crowded Al Kubaisi market wounding seven citizens. In Daquq District, a member of Kurdish Asayesh security forces was killed in an explosion targeting his car as he was heading to work.
Moreover, awakening forces in Samarra uncovered a mass grave including remains of 11 people from the city residents who were kidnapped by Al Qaeda last Ramadan.