15 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military says a top militant has been killed in Iraq.
In a statement, the U.S. military said Muhammad Salah Sultan -- also known as Abu Zubair -- was killed on 12 August in the northern city of Mosul.
The statement said he was a top aide to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian militant believed to be leading the insurgency in Iraq.
The military statement said Abu Zubair was wearing a suicide pack with explosives when he was killed.
The statement said that last week, U.S. and Iraqi forces captured three bomb makers and six foreign fighters as well as finding and clearing 101 improvised explosive devices in the Mosul area.
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