Iraqi al-Qaeda Leader May Be Among Those Dead in Standoff

By  | 

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Up to eight suspected al-Qaida members have
been killed in Iraq, and U.S. officials are trying to determine
whether one of them could be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

A U.S. counter-terrorism official in Washington says the
identities of the dead aren't known.

But the official says "there are efforts under way to determine" if the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq is among them.

The suspected militants died in a firefight yesterday at a house
in the northern city of Mosul.

Iraqi officials say three of them killed themselves to avoid capture. Eleven Americans were wounded.

Meanwhile, the U-S military says 24 people, including a Marine,
were killed yesterday in an ambush on a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol in

The military also says a soldier patrolling north of Baghdad was
killed by small-arms fire. And a British soldier was killed in a
roadside bombing near Basra.