U.S.: al-Qaida in Iraq ‘security emir’ dead
The U.S. military said Tuesday that it had killed an al-Qaida in Iraq “security emir” during operations last week northwest of Baghdad.
Identified as Muhammad Abdullah Abbas al-Issawi — and also as Abu Abd al-Sattar and Abu Akram — the man was believed responsible for terrorist attacks in eastern Anbar province, particularly Karmah and Amariyah, near Fallujah.
“Coalition forces were conducting operations targeting associates of a known senior leader within al-Qaeda in Iraq. During the operation the terrorists engaged ground forces with small arms fire,” a military news release said. “Coalition forces used appropriate self-defense measures and engaged the armed men, killing two and detaining one.
One of the terrorists killed has been positively identified as Abu Abd al-Sattar.”
Assault vests, weapons, hand grenades and suicide-bomb vests were recovered at the site, officials said. Sattar was accused of supplying weapons to insurgents and was allegedly linked to recent chlorine bomb attacks across Iraq.