Major Blow to al Qaeda after U.S. Attack in Iraq

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A joint operation in Iraq has led to the death of two top al Qaeda terrorists.

U.S. and Iraqi forces killed Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi in a nighttime rocket attack over the weekend. Iraqi forces led the mission and provided the necessary intellegence.

U.S. forces commander Gen. Raymond Odierno called it the most significant blow to al Qaeda since the war on terror in Iraq began.

Al Qaeda saw another major attack, Tuesday, as U.S. and Iraqi troops step up their fight against the terrorist group.  Click here for an update with CBN News' George Thomas.

For more insight, CBN News recently spoke with Regent University's Dr. David Meyer, an expert on terrorism and military history. Click play for his comments.

"There is still work to do but this is a significant step forward in ridding Iraq of terrorists," he said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also described the deaths as "a quality blow breaking the back of al Qaeda."

U.S. military officials have kept Iraqi troops more active in recent operations, in an effort to show Iraqi forces are capable of maintaining security in their country.

The men were Iraq's two most wanted terrorists.  One U.S. soldier also died during the raid.

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