Former Top Saddam Lieutenant Reportedly Killed By Iraqi Forces

April 17, 2015 2:59 PM

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Former Top Saddam Lieutenant Reportedly Killed By Iraqi Forces

Iraqi forces claim to have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who served in Saddam Hussein's leadership circle and is believed to have been instrumental in the sudden rise of the self-declared Islamic State.

Al-Douri, 72, is the "king of clubs" in the deck of playing cards U.S. troops used to identify key figures in Saddam's regime following the 2003 invasion that toppled the Baathist regime.

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