Washington, Apr.20 (ANI): US Vice President Joe Biden has hailed the killing of top two al-Qaida figures in Iraq, describing their elimination as "potentially devastating" blows to the terror network.
Biden told reporters at a briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House that the former leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq had "plotted, planned and executed terrorist attacks" against Iraqis and Americans.
"Their deaths are potentially devastating blows to al-Qaida Iraq," the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted Biden, as saying.
He said that their elimination "demonstrates the improved security, strength and capacity of Iraqi security forces."
The Iraq Government is said to have used ground forces to surround a house and used rockets to kill the two, who were hiding inside.
One American soldier was also killed in the encounter. (ANI)