Iraqi forces claim to have killed the two top leaders of Al-Qaida in Iraq. This important success, coming after a spate of terrorist attacks, would raise Iraqi government prestige, perhaps enough to help it retain power. It also would make it seem easier for U.S. forces to withdraw, as the U.S. plans to.
U.S. forces provided the intelligence for the raid. During the raid, a U.S. helicopter crashed, killing an American. Iraq claimed to have killed those two before, so the U.S. is testing their DNA. Their loss would reduce the effectiveness of Al-Qaida in Iraq, down to a few thousand fighters and restricted in where they can operate (Yochi J. Dreazen, Wall St. J., 4/20, A1).
Isn’t it true that DNA can prove only that someone of those men’s families?
Al-Qaida has been able to recover soon from losses of previous leaders.
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