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Another high-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq leader killed

BAGHDAD (AP) - A senior Iraqi military spokesman says a high-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq leader has been killed in northern Iraq in a joint operation with the U.S.

The statement comes a day after U.S. and Iraqi officials announced the killing of two top al-Qaida linked leaders, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, in what was described as a major blow to the organization.

The military says troops acting on intelligence killed Ahmed al-Obeidi in an early morning operation in the northern province of Ninevah.

Officials say the slain insurgent was in charge of al-Qaida in Iraq's operations in three provinces.

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