Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri. File photo
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Derik, Syria – The Governor of Salahuddin, Raed al-Jubouri, announced Friday the death of Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri, the former Iraqi Vice President who served under the rule of Saddam Hussein.
Douri was reportedly killed when Iraqi security launched an operation against militants in the Hamrin area, east of Salahuddin.
“Clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces backed by the Shiite Popular Mobilization Force and the terrorists in the Hamrin area near the Alas fields resulted in the death of ad-Douri,” Jubouri told reporters in Salahuddin.
On the other hand, Hadi al-Amiri, the Secretary General of the Badr Organization, announced that the investigations will continue until there is a final confirmation that the corpse belongs to ad-Douri through checking fingerprints and the DNA.
“The Fifth Brigade in the Popular Mobilization Force, in conjunction with the people of the town of al-Alam (east of Tikrit) were able to kill ad-Douri after monitoring his three-car motorcade in the region between al-Alam and the Hamrin Mountains,” the source added.
In the meantime, the official spokesman for the Arab Socialist Baath Party in Iraq, Khudair Morshedi denied the news of Douri’s death, stressing that the latter is “still leading the Baath and the resistance against those who came on the back of American tanks and the sectarian parties in Iraq”.
Speaking to ARA News, a member of the political bureau in the Yeketi Kurdish party in Syria, Qahraman Maree, said that Izzat ad-Douri –who belonged to the Naqshbandi faction that resists the U.S. and the current Iraqi government and presented himself as a defender of the marginalized Sunnis in Iraq– committed several crimes against civilians and stoked the sectarian conflict in Iraq during his stay in the Iraqi Baath leadership.
Maree pointed out that ad-Douri is the one who addressed the Kurds in the beginning of 2003, saying: “If you have forgotten Halabja, I want to remind you that we are ready to repeat the operation again.”
“His death today with a group of terrorists confirms his significant role in enabling terror groups in Iraq in the recent years,” he told ARA News.
Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri, born in 1942, was the second man in the era of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and held several positions including Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, and the post of Minister of Interior and Minister of Agriculture. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, ad-Douri disappeared, and he received the post of Secretary General of the banned Baath party, replacing Saddam Hussein after his execution in 2006.
Reporting by: Rizgar Maree
Source: ARA News