Saddam Deputy Izzat Al Douri said to be ‘Killed In Iraq’

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…