US officials have long talked of friction between al-Qaeda and other Sunni insurgent groups. The reported killing would suggest there are real tensions for US and Iraqi officials to exploit, our correspondent says....But if it's "decentralised" in a way that has them killing each other, that's a good thing.
Even if Masri is dead, it would be premature to expect a sudden drop in violence, our correspondent says. Al-Qaeda in Iraq has become far more decentralised and therefore less dependent on the leadership of any one individual.
May 1, 2007
Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, is -- it's reported -- dead.