The Good News

From Centcom:

Coalition forces killed five militants including a key terrorist organizer as they fled Afghan National Security Forces during allied operations April 22 in northeastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

Habib Jan, a key leader of insurgent forces in the Pech Valley and northeast Afghanistan, died alongside four other militants after a special reaction team from the Afghan National Police and 201st Afghan National Army Corps Soldiers forced them into a vulnerable position.

From The Belfast Telegram:

British, Nato and Afghan forces have launched offensives in the west and south of the country, with reports that “scores” of Taliban rebels have been killed during heavy fighting.

The battles took place in Shindbad, 80 miles south of Herat, and the Sangin Valley in Helmand, with about 4,500 Western and Afghan troops involved. The US military claimed 145 Taliban fighters had been killed in the west during fighting that claimed one American life.

The figures, if accurate, would mean the worst loss for the Islamist forces this year.

From the BBC (but not yet confirmed by Centcom):

The interior ministry in Iraq says it has received intelligence that the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq has been killed.
Abu Ayyub al-Masri, believed to be an Egyptian, has led the group since June 2006 when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a US air strike.