Officials said Iraqi security forces killed the military chief of the Al
Qaida-aligned Islamic State of Iraq. The casualty was identified as Nasser
Lidin Abu Suleiman, slain in an operation on Feb. 24.
"We have been looking for him intensively over the last six months," an
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Abu Suleiman was identified as ISI's war minister. ISI has been deemed
the architect of scores of mass-casualty suicide strikes in Iraq over the
last two years.
This marked the second killing of ISI's military chief. Abu Suleiman was
said to have replaced Abu Ayoub Al Masri, an Egyptian killed in a U.S.-led
military operation in April 2010.
Officials said ISI has been hurt by the Iraqi operations. But they
acknowledged that this has not halted ISI suicide strikes, which have killed more
than 100 people in Shi'ite-populated cities in Iraq so far this year.