The Iraqi government on Sunday showed first-ever video images of Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and said his capture was imminent.
"I can say we are very close to Abu Ayyub al-Masri and we say to him your days are numbered," said Iraqi National Security Advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie.
The insurgent training video, screened at a media conference broadcast live on state television, showed the bespectacled successor of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi describing how to make a bomb.
Rubaie cited Iraqi security operations around the country for his optimism the Al-Qaeda chief will imminently be snared.
He singled out the tribes of western province of Anbar for their efforts against Al-Qaeda.