03/28/2008 02:44 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Leader Of al Qaeda In Iraq Wounded

U.S. and Iraqi forces pushed deeper Thursday into Sunni militant strongholds in Baghdad -- where cars rigged with explosives greeted their advance -- while British-led teams in southern
Iraq used shipping containers to block suspected weapon smuggling routes from

Early Friday, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was wounded and an aide was killed in a clash the previous day with Iraqi forces north of Baghdad. However, the deputy interior minister said he had no information about such a clash, and two U.S. officials could not immediately confirm the report.

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