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Former Saddam deputy Izzat Ibrahim has died, according to the Baath Party


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From CNN.com

"BREAKING NEWS Saddam Hussein's former deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri has died, Al Arabiya TV quotes Baath party statement as saying. CNN working to confirm."

Now we have had reports on hsi capture plenty of times in the past, but never that he had just died and never from the freaking Baath Party....LOL

Not sure if that makes it more or less credible though.

If this is true, this is huge news.

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Still running around, though there had been erroneous reports in the past that we had captured him, only to find out that it was someone else later.

But this is coming from his buddies, so they may be more in the know.

Then again they may very well be lying, since I can't see why they would tell us this.

(though I suppose maybe he was killed off by Zarqawi in a dispute over the bombings in Jordan or something, then again he is pretty old and it could have just been old age or disease if he is really dead.)

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LATEST NEWS (much more in-depth too)

Saddam's ex-No. 2, al-Douri, reportedly dead

Media say ‘most wanted’ Iraq fugitive and alleged insurgency leader died


NBC, MSNBC and news services

Updated: 1:25 p.m. ET Nov. 11, 2005

DUBAI - Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, former No. 2 to toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and allegedly a leader of the Iraqi insurgency, has died, according to media reports Friday.

Arabiya TV and Agence France Presse both reported al-Douri’s death but provided no details. Both said they were quoting from a statement by Iraq’s dismantled Baath Party.

“The leader of the resistance died on Friday, November 11 at 2:20 am,” Agence France Presse reported, quoting the statement that it said was signed by the “Baath command.”

Al-Douri was the most senior member of the former regime still at large and had been a top insurgent leader. He is number six on the U.S. military’s list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis, with a $10 million reward offered for his capture.

Following the capture of Saddam Hussein on Dec.13, 2003, he became the most wanted man in Iraq.

A U.S. intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told NBC News that U.S. authorities have no information to confirm the reports of his death.

There was no confirmation from other sources and one Web site which publishes regular news releases from Baath party supporters made no mention of the death. Its latest items on Friday included reports of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Iraq.

The 63-year-old al-Douri, who has been said to be seriously ill with leukemia while in hiding, was the deputy chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council which Saddam headed.

Al-Douri commanded an Iraqi army corps and was a leader of the right-wing fundamentalist Sunni faction among leaders of the Baath Party. He also was a leader of the 1968 coup that brought the Baathists to power.

Over the past year, U.S. and Iraqi forces have detained several members of al-Douri’s extended family, and claimed at one point to have captured al-Douri himself, but he remained on the run.

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, in a June 2004 interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” said that al-Douri was a leader of the Iraq insurgency.

NBC News producer Robert Windrem and Reuters contributed to this report.

© 2005 MSNBC.com

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10004587/

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