16 Oct 2008

US claims al-Qaeda number two killed in Iraq

6:17 am on 16 October 2008

The United States military says al-Qaeda's second in command in Iraq has been killed.

The military says Abu Qaswarah of Morocco, was killed in an air strike in Mosul on 5 October.

He had ties to the founder of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a US air strike in June 2006, and had been in contact with the group in Pakistan.

There was no independent confirmation of the report.