Hussein deputy al-Douri killed, official says

Posted at 10:14 AM, Apr 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-17 10:38:16-04

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top adviser to Saddam Hussein and the highest-ranking member of the Iraqi leader’s regime to evade capture, has been killed in an Iraqi security operation, Iraqi state-run television reported Friday.

Al-Douri, who the U.S. military said helped finance a Sunni insurgency in Iraq after Hussein’s regime fell in a 2003 U.S.-led invasion, served as a military commander and effectively was Hussein’s deputy.

He also was the “king of clubs” in a deck of playing cards used by American troops to identify the most-wanted regime officials.

Friday’s state TV report said al-Douri played a leadership role in various terrorist organizations that opposed the Iraqi government.

Al-Douri was vice chairman of the country’s revolutionary command council in Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime.

The U.S. military had said that after Hussein’s regime fell, al-Douri helped finance a Sunni insurgency with money he transferred to Syria before the government collapsed.