Tuesday, September 27, 2005
This is an undated two image combo released by the U.S. Army on Tuesday Sept 27, 2005 of Abdullah Abu Azzam, top aide to the al-Qaida leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed in a raid in Baghdad over the weekend, according to U.S. military sources. apphotobaghdad: Abdullah Abu Azzam led al-Qaida's operations in Baghdad, planning a brutal wave of suicide bombings in the capital since April, killing hundreds of people, officials said. He also controlled the finances for foreign fighters that flowed into Iraq to join the insurgency. (AP Photo)
No. 2 Leader of al-Qaida in Iraq Killed.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi and U.S. forces claimed a major blow against one of the country's deadliest insurgent groups Tuesday, saying they killed the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq who masterminded a brutal escalation in suicide bombings that claimed nearly 700 lives in Baghdad since April.