Known Al Qaeda Associate Killed in Iraq

A wanted terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda and a number of other terror groups was killed during a raid outside Baghdad, the U.S. military said Thursday.

Rafid Ibrahim Fattah, also known as Abu Umar al Kurdi, was killed by Coalition and Iraqi forces in an early morning raid near Abu Ghraib prison on March 27, the military said in a statement.

At the time of his death, Fattah was believed to have been operating a cell of the terror group Jaysh al Islami, which was believed to be responsible for multiple kidnappings of Iraqi women, the statement said.

The military said Fattah moved between Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan over the years, serving as a liaison between terror networks and holding various positions with terror groups such as Ansar al Sunnah and the Islamic Movement of Kurdistan.

Fattah was appointed an Al Qaeda ambassador by Usama bin Laden after joining the jihad in Afghanistan in 1989, the statement said.