October 15, 2008

Al-Qaida in Iraq Leader Killed in Mosel

Coalition forces killed al-Qaida in Iraq's second-in-command during an operation earlier in October in Mosul, the U.S. military command announced Wednesday.

Abu Qaswarah, known as Abu Sara, who was killed during an Oct. 5 operation after coalition forces tracked him to a building in the northern Iraq city, CNN reported.

Qaswarah was second to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the military said. He also had "historic ties" to Abu Musav al-Zarqari, who preceded al-Masri, as well as senior al-Qaida leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In Baghdad, six Iraqis were injured in two explosions in the al-Dora district, the Kuwait News Agency KUNA reported.

Police said the explosions targeted the headquarters of a government backup security squad. Four police officers and two members of the Iraqi special forces were injured.