Iraqi security troops, in cooperation with allied forces in Iraq, killed a senior Al-Qa’ida operative in Baghdad on Sunday, the United States Army announced.
‘Abdallah Najam ‘Abdallah Al-Jawari, also known as Abu ‘Azzam, is thought to be the second in command of Al-Qa’ida in Iraq, after Abu Mu’s’ab A-Zarqawi.
He is known in Al-Qa’ida circles as the ‘Emir of Baghdad.’
Al-Qa’ida posted an announcement on an Islamist website saying there were indeed clashes between Abu ‘Azzam and allied forces, but the organization could not confirm Abu ‘Azzam’s death.
The U.S. military said Abu ‘Azzam orchestrated daily attacks in Baghdad and other cities while financing attacks and the passage of armed men into Iraq.
Abu Mu’s’ab A-Zarqawi is thought to be the most dangerous Al-Qa’ida operative in Iraq.
There is a $25 million bounty on his head.
He is said to be the mastermind of many deadly attacks against foreign forces in the country.
Several of his associates have been reported captured or killed but the Jordanian-born A-Zarqawi is apparently still at large.