"U.S. military: Masri not dead."
U.S. military spokesperson Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said that Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, has not been killed. On Tuesday — the anniversary of Mission Accomplished — speculation spread that Masri had been killed. Instead, the military announced the death of a separate al-Qaeda in Iraq leader who helped orchestrate the kidnapping of American journalist Jill Carroll. After checking extensively, U.S. officials said they have no indication that other high-profile targets have been killed in recent days.