Saddam Hussein’s former deputy Izzat al Douri, who later allied himself with Islamic State, is believed to have been killed by government forces, say Iraqi officials.
Al Douri, a leader of the Sunni insurgency, was a “mastermind” for the militant group and his apparent death will have an “impact” on them, according to one politician.
He had been a fugitive since the US-led invasion in 2003 to overthrow the Iraqi president and was ranked sixth on the military’s list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis.
He was known as the “king of clubs” in the deck of playing cards issued to help US troops identify key regime members, and had a ginger moustache that made him distinctive among the inner circle.
A $10m reward was offered for the capture of al Douri who led a Baathist insurgency against Baghdad’s Shia-led government before apparently joining forces with IS…