CONFIRMED: It WAS al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir
The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) posted a statement a little over half an hour ago on Al-Faloja and other jihadist forums corroborating the news that the leader of the ISI, and the jihadist candidate for Islam's new Caliph, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (Hamid al-Zawi) as well as the 'Prime Minister' of the ISI, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir (Abdul-Mun'im al-Badawi), were both killed a few days ago.
The statement can be found here (Arabic text). It was signed by 'Abul-Walid' Abdel Wahab al-Mashhadani, the Minister of Shari'ah Commissions for the ISI, who was appointed to this position in the last reshuffle of the ISI's 'cabinet' in September 2009. He claims that a new leadership had already been named in al-Baghdadi's lifetime to take over in the eventuality of his death.
This is a huge victory. It has been underplayed in the Western press and by DC-analysts as just another decapitation strike, but it is much more than that: taking out al-Baghdadi put an end to the boldest ideological undertaking of the new generation of Al-Qaeda-supporting jihadists; their attempt to resurrect the Islamic Caliphate in all its imperial glory.
The fact that they chose al-Zawi, a retired policeman, who moonlighted as a oil heater repairman, as the new caliph, based on his dubious claims of genealogy, is really fascinating. I wish I had access to that trove of info the Iraqi forces found at the strike site!