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Iraq's al Qaeda leaders killed in raid

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Iraq’s al Qaeda leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri and the purported head of an affiliate group Abu Omar al-Baghdadi have been killed.

Their deaths were announced by US officials and Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki who said it followed a joint Iraqi-US operation, west of Baghdad.

Al Qaeda in Iraq has been linked to numerous deadly attacks in the country.