The Pentagon has acted to clarify which insurgent leader in Iraq has been killed in recent days. Conflicting reports have suggested two separate names.
Now US military commanders say it was another man.
“We in fact did kill the senior minister of information for al-Qaeda in Iraq. Muharib Abdul-Latif was in fact killed on a target set on the 1st of May at about 2am in the morning. What we do know is that he had been previously captured by coalition forces some time in 2003 and released some time in 2004. he had been in Syria for a while,” a senior officer said in a media briefing.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry earlier said the head of an umbrella group which includes al-Qaeda had been killed and released photos of what it said was his body.
It had also previously claimed that Abu Ayyub al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, had died in a US strike.
But US military chiefs say they do not have the body of either man.
They said the man known to have been killed was responsible for the kidnapping of westerners in the country.