American forces in Iraq say they have killed a man described as a former intelligence officer under Saddam Hussein who became a regional leader of al-Qaida in Iraq after the regime fell.
The man, Hasayn Ali Muzabir, was killed in a June 2 raid near Balad, U.S. officials said Monday. Muzabir was the “so-called al-Qaida military emir in the vicinity of Samarra,” a news release read.
“Muzabir was responsible for facilitating Iraqi and foreign terrorists and also managed and provided funds for kidnapping, assassinations and bombings against Iraqi citizens and Iraqi and coalition forces,” the release read.
“Intelligence led coalition forces to a specific area in which Muzabir was operating. During the attempt to apprehend him he was killed and another was detained.”
One other alleged insurgent was captured in the raid, while a civilian unrelated to the two other men was wounded and medically evacuated, officials said.
Military officials also said they believed Muzabir had taken over the post after U.S. forces killed another alleged al-Qaida leader in Samarra earlier this year.