Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, sulphurous number two in Saddam Hussein's regime and "
king of clubs
" of the card game of officials sought by the Americans in 2003, is dead, his party and the daughter of the late Iraqi dictator announced Monday (October 26th) .
The man, whose head was priced at ten million dollars by the United States during the invasion that overthrew the Baath, the party that came to power in Iraq in 1968, was on the run.
None of the press releases announcing his death specify where it took place, or the cause.
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I offer my condolences (...) for the comrade of struggle Ezzat Ibrahim
", tweeted Raghad Saddam Hussein.
The Baath Party also issued a statement announcing the death of the one who in 2003 was vice-president of the Revolutionary Command Council and vice-president of Iraq.
Rumors of the death of Douri, born in 1942, have surfaced several times in the past, but each time they have been denied by officials or supporters of the old regime.
After 2003, the Baathists played a key role in the insurgency against the Americans before approaching the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), defeated militarily in Iraq at the end of 2017. In a video posted on the internet in 2016, Douri had described as "
" the men of the IS who had seized from June 2014 large swathes of Iraq.
He was also closely linked to the Naqshbandiyya Men's Army (JRTN), which had a significant number of fighters in the insurgency.