�Rafa Abdul Salam Hamud Al Ithawi, also known as Abu Taha, was the emir of Shamiyyah,� it said. �He frequently harboured foreign fighters who entered Iraq illegally in order to assault innocent Iraqis and coalition forces.�
Ithawi was killed on Wednesday along with his driver, �diminishing the Al Qaeda in Iraq network,� the statement said.
Ramadi has become the focus of the battle between US forces and Sunni Arab insurgents fighting under the Al Qaeda banner. Last week a US spokesman said marines were fighting to take back the city.