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An insurgent killed by coalition forces last month has been identified through DNA as a senior adviser to leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq, military officials said Tuesday.

Abu Maysara, a Syrian, died during a raid on a house northeast of Samarra on Nov. 17.

When troops approached, heavy fire came from the structure, suspected of being used as a base for propaganda, according to a news release issued by Multi-National Force-Iraq.

Responding, coalition forces killed six insurgents including Maysara, officials say. A weapons cache, bomb components and propaganda were found inside.

Maysara, who was known to be an enemy of the Iraqi government in Fallujah and used different aliases, was captured by coalition forces in that city in November 2004, officials said.

He and a group of foreign insurgents escaped from Badush Prison in Mosul in March. Maysara is thought to be one of the planners of the escape.

Maysara was reportedly a senior adviser to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, head of the al-Qaida in Iraq, who was killed in an airstrike near Baqouba in June. Maysara also allegedly advised Zarqawi’s successor, Abu Ayyub al-Masri.


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