‘Saddam deputy’ killed near Tikrit

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Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Government forces in Iraq believe they have killed Saddam Hussein’s former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants.

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was known as the “king of clubs” in the deck of playing cards issued to help US troops identify key members of Saddam’s regime.

Officials said soldiers and allied Shiite militiamen killed al-Douri in an operation east of the city of Tikrit.

Senior regional commander, General Haider al-Basri, told Iraqi state TV that al-Douri and nine bodyguards were killed by gunshots while riding in a convoy.

DNA tests are under way to confirm the identity of the body.

Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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