U.S. and Iraqi officials are trying to confirm reports that the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was gunned down by political rivals somewhere north of Baghdad earlier today. The leader of a Sunni Arab group opposed to al-Qaida said in an Iraqi television interview that his fighters had tracked down and killed al-Masri and seven of his cronies.

Apparently al-Qaida in Iraq has worn out its welcome, and 200 or so Sunni sheiks in Anbar province have decided to form a political party to oppose al-Qaida. It seems that the home grown militants are tired of al-Qadia hogging the spotlight and they also resent the fact that al-Qadia has so many foreign fighters in its ranks.

In the grand scheme of things the death of al-Masri (if indeed the reports turn out to be true) is not that big of a deal, but what is important about this turn of events is the fact that there seems to be a lot of turmoil among the different insurgency groups, and as long as they are busy fighting amongst themselves, they will not be able to work on any operations that would require any amount of collaboration or cooperation between the various groups.

Hopefully the U.S. and Iraqi forces will be able to take advantage of this situation.

( Some of the information contained in this post came from an article @ My Way News)