Skip to comments.Death of Hussein Aide (al-Douri) Is Confirmed
Posted on 11/12/2005 9:30:02 PM PST by jmc1969
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 12 - Former officials of the Baath Party confirmed Saturday on their Web site the death of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the last of Saddam Hussein's inner circle still at large in Iraq and a man long sought by the American military command as the effective leader of the Baathist insurgent underground here.
"On the blessed soil of Iraq, the soul of our comrade in struggle, and field commander of the heroic resistance, Izzat Ibrahim, passed away to his creator at dawn yesterday," the posting said. The Web site, which is considered an authentic voice of the Baathist underground, gave no cause of death, though Mr. Ibrahim was known to have had leukemia since the late 1990's.
American officials would not immediately speculate on the effect Mr. Ibrahim's death would have on the insurgency. Despite the Web posting's confirmation that he was considered the leader of the resistance, and despite American commanders' long-held belief that he was a crucial figure in organizing and financing the insurgency, it was unknown how active a role he had played in recent months.
He was widely feared and despised by the public, on a par with Mr. Hussein's two sons, killed by American troops in 2003, and Ali Hassan al-Majid, the man known as Chemical Ali, who is in American military custody with Mr. Hussein and dozens of other former top Baathist officials.
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Why should we believe them?
Show me the DNA..
Has this been confirmed by any reliable news outlets?
Izzat him or not?
I'll maintain my "head on a pike" verification standard until circumstances dictate otherwise.
Where are uday-like corpse pics ?
No, we don't even know if he is/was in Iraq.
This is going to be very interesting. Al-Douri, and not Zarqawi, has been the real one behind the scenes calling the shots in Iraq. I am curious how things are going to change now.
How do you know this?
al-Douri pleged bayat to Zarqawi last year.
The NYTimes believes them. Isn't that good enough?
A good friend on the ground in Iraq.
I guess time will tell
I would guess, as he has had leukemia since the 1990s, and he was no spring chicken, he probably did die. One normally does not go on forever with leukemia.
I was gonna say............ the NYT says it, so it's confirmed?
Well........ Baghdad Bob says so!
Some of my all time favorite Freeper photo shop threads featured that guy.
There was one of him denying forces were in Baghdad, while a soldier was peaking over his shoulder.
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