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U.S. military says man held is not Iraq al Qaeda leader

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq is still being hunted, the U.S. military said on Friday, after Iraqi officials wrongly declared Abu Ayyub al-Masri had been caught.

The detention of Masri would have been another blow for al Qaeda, which has been forced to regroup in northern Iraq after a wave of U.S. military assaults in and around Baghdad.

Iraqi officials said the confusion was caused after a man with a similar name was detained in an operation in the northern city of Mosul late on Wednesday.

Masri, an Egyptian, has a U.S. bounty of $5 million on his head. "He has not been detained," a senior U.S. military official told Reuters, declining to comment further.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh criticized Iraqi officials for earlier saying Masri had been caught.

"The person who was detained has nothing to do with him. He is not even a senior leader in al


Added: May-9-2008 
By: Pale_Ale
Iraq, Middle East
Tags: U.S., military, Iraq, al Qaeda
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