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Al-Qaeda leader Masri's capture imminent: Iraq

The Iraqi government shows first-ever video images of Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq and says his capture is imminent.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 17:59 IST

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.

First Published: Oct 01, 2006 17:59 IST