Al-Arabiya television reports that Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, one of Saddam Hussein’s key henchman and one of the Baath insurgency’s most important figures, has been killed:
Al-Arabiya TV is reporting that Saddam Hussein’s former deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri has died. The report quotes a Baath Party statement about the death.
American reporters have not been able to confirm the death, and previous reports of Ibrahim’s death or capture have proven to be erroneous. Al-Arabiya is giving no further details on how or where al-Douri may have died.
Ibrahim was the most senior member of the former regime still at large and had been a top insurgent leader. He is sixth on the U.S. military’s list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis, with a $10 million reward offered for his capture.
Reported on Power Line News.
UPDATE: The London Times has more on al-Douri’s bloody history; they say he died of leukemia.