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Amerikanerne har tatt no. 2 i Al Qaida i Irak. Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani er den fremste iraker i Al Qaida i Irak. Han var leder av Ansar al-Sunnah, grunnlagt av en fraksjon av Ansar al-Islam, mullah Krekars gruppe, i 2,5 år.

Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, also known as Abu Shahid, was captured in Mosul on July 4, said Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, a military spokesman.

«Al-Mashhadani is believed to be the most senior Iraqi in the al-Qaida in Iraq network,» Bergner said. He said al-Mashhadani was a close associate of Abu Ayub al-Masri, the Egyptian-born head of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Bergner said al-Mashhadani served as an intermediary between al-Masri and Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.

«In fact, communication between the senior al-Qaida leadership and al-Masri frequently went through al-Mashhadani,» Bergner said.

«Along with al-Masri, al-Mashhadani co-founded a virtual organization in cyberspace called the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006,» Bergner said. «The Islamic State of Iraq is the latest efforts by al-Qaida to market itself and its goal of imposing a Taliban-like state on the Iraqi people.»

In Web postings, the Islamic State of Iraq has identified its leader as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, with al-Masri as minister of war. There are no known photos of al-Baghdadi.
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He said al-Mashhadani was a leader of the militant Ansar al-Sunnah group before joining al-Qaida in Iraq 2 1/2 years ago. Al-Mashhadani served as the al-Qaida media chief for Baghdad and then was appointed the media chief for the whole country.

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