The King Of Clubs Is Dead: Saddam’s Former Henchman Is Killed While Fighting For ISIS Near Tikrit

The King Of Clubs Is Dead: Saddam’s Former Henchman Is Killed While Fighting For ISIS Near Tikrit

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. One of Saddam Hussein’s former henchmen, the King of Clubs from the Most Wanted Iraqis deck of cards, has been killed. The fugitive was fighting with – wait for it – ISIS near Tikrit, north of Baghdad.

File photograph shows a U.S. issued playing card bearing the image of Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri

Iraqi officials said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri had died in fighting with government troops in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad.

Al-Douri, 72, headed the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, an important faction behind the recent rise of ISIS.

Following the execution of Saddam Hussein on 30 December, 2006, Al-Douri was confirmed as the new leader of the banned Ba’ath Party.

Al-Douri was deemed the most high-profile official of Saddam’s Ba’ath Party to evade capture after the invasion.
He was ranked sixth on the US military’s list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis after offensive to overthrow Saddam and had a $10m bounty on his head.

He was the King of Clubs in the infamous pack of cards the US issued of wanted members of Saddam’s regime after its collapse.
His dead body was pictured on social media today with his teeth missing, an unkempt orange beard and a bloody head wound.

Salahuddin governor Raed al-Jabouri said soldiers and allied Shia militiamen killed him in an operation east of Tikrit – a city that was recaptured by the government two weeks ago.

He said: ‘This is a major victory for those involved in the operation. He is considered a mastermind for this terrorist group.

ISIS currently controls a swath of land slightly larger than the UK, from Aleppo to central Iraq.

However, in recent months Iraqi forces, supported by US-led air strikes, have captured large areas from the terrorist group.

But today, a car bomb killed three people outside the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region that is allied with Washington in a war against Islamic State, which claimed the attack.

Islamic State also claimed responsibility for two car bombings in Baghdad that killed at least 27 people on Friday.

Al-Douri was the highest profile leader to escape, and there was a $10 million bounty on his head. His recent activities highlight a scary development in the fight against radical Islamists – they are smart enough to recruit trained military leaders to help their forces grow.

Good riddance to this one.

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