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Release A050815a

AL Qaeda Lieutenant killed in Iraq

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD , Iraq – Terrorist Abu Zubair, also known as Mohammed Salah Sultan, was killed August 12 by Iraqi Security Forces in an ambush in the northern city of Mosul .

Zubair was a known member of Al Qaeda in Iraq and a lieutenant in Abu Musab Zarqawi's terrorist operations in Mosul who was being sought by Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces for his involvement in a July suicide bombing attack of a police station in Mosul resulting in the death of five Iraqi police officers. He was also suspected of resourcing and facilitating suicide bomber attacks against Coalition, Iraqi Security Forces and Iraqi citizens throughout the country.

When Zubair was killed he was wearing a suicide device consisting of an explosive pack across his stomach armed with pellets.

“Abu Zubair's death, as well as recent captures of terrorists in northern Iraq , is making a difference in Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces efforts to disrupt terrorists operating in this part of the country,” said Col. Billy J. Buckner, spokesman for the Multi-National Corps. “Terrorists are doing all they can to stop the rise of a free Iraq , but their bombs and attacks have not prevented Iraqi sovereignty and they will not prevent Iraqi democracy,” Buckner said.

During the week of August 6 through 12, Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces captured three bomb makers and six foreign fighters as well as found and cleared 101 improvised explosive devices.

On Jul 27, Security Forces conducted a raid on a safe house in Mosul arresting six terrorists and finding terrorist propaganda to include a letter written to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In the letter the author, Abu Zayd, a terrorist operating out of Mosul , complained of the poor leadership in Mosul and mistreatment of foreign fighters.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS-IRAQ,

BY E-MAIL AT MNCI-PAO-VICTORYMAINJOC@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL.



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