Saddam Hussein's former top aide killed in Iraq military operation

April 17, 2015 2:08 PM

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One of Saddam Hussein’s former top aides was killed in a wide scale military operation in Iraq Friday, Iraqi officials said.

Al-Douri was known as the "king of clubs" in the deck of playing cards issued to help U.S. troops identify key members of Saddam's regime. He later allied himself with Islamic State militants and is believed to be the mastermind of the insurgency against the current Shiite-led government.

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