Though Petraeus said the group has the capability to carry out these high-profile attacks, he said he is encouraged by Iraqi government's commitment to continue the fight against the terror group.
A statement from U.S. Forces Iraq said a joint U.S.-Iraqi security team "identified both AQI members, and the terrorists were killed after engaging the security team."
Also killed in the raid was a son of al-Baghdadi, as well as al- Masri's assistant, who were both said to be engaging in terrorist activity. An additional 16 suspects were also rounded up as part of the joint operations that resulted in the raid.
A U.S. military official told ABC News today that there is "direct physical proof" that identifies both al Masri and al Baghdadi as having been killed in the attacks. During his news conference in Baghdad, Maliki showed photographs of their bloody corpses.
The U.S. military also confirmed today that a fatal helicopter crash Sunday involved forces that were part of the raid. One soldier was killed and three others were wounded when the helicopter went down. Officials said the helicopter did not go down as the result of enemy fire.