Move Over Saddam..
..and tell Zarqawi to slide down to the next spit. Need to make room for his "successor" at the eternal celestial BBQ, if reporting out of Baghdad is correct.
But then again, previous reports on the "death" of Al Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri have proven false. U.S. officials are still awaiting for confirmation that al-Masri was, in fact, killed.
In the interim, Bill Roggio has an excellent summary on the shifting alliances and loyalties that might have contributed to al-Masri's demise.
The death of al-Marsi won't end Al Qaida attacks in Iraq, but it would represent a significant blow to the terror organization. Making matters worse for the bad guys, the U.S. disclosed last week that we recently captured bin Laden's "personal observer" for Iraq operations--before he could return to that country. That would compound potential leadership problems for Al Qaida's Iraqi affiliate, assuming that al-Masri is actually dead.