Local al-Qaida in Iraq Leader Killed in Samarra
U.S. and Iraqi officials say Hamid al-Takhi, local leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, has been killed with two other militants by coalition forces Friday during a raid near the city of Samarra. Al-Takhi was believed to be the leader of al-Qaida forces in and around Samarra. The U.S. military said Iraqi troops later found a car loaded with a grenade launcher, rockets, grenades and small arms nearby.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military said Iraqi troops killed 21 insurgents and captured 43 others during a series of insurgent attacks on security installations northeast of Baghdad.
On the political front, Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki appears to have won support from the country's top Shi'ite cleric in dismantling militias.