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Rafid Fadhil Ali
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The Islamic State of Iraq (Dawlat al-Iraq al-Islamiyyahthe ISI), an umbrella organization for terrorist groups in Iraq including al-Qaeda in Iraq, suffered a blow when it lost its two top leaders in U.S. raids. These leaders were Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and his most senior aide Abu Hamza al-Muhajer (a.k.a. Abu Ayub al-Masri). Both were killed in a raid in western Iraq on April 18, 2010 (Asharq al-Awsat, April 20, 2010).