With ISIL there is an unending number of surprises.
This too!! Thanks to Robert for the tip.
"Saddam’s former right hand man, key factor in rise of Islamic State, killed by Iraqi forces"
Al-Douri was a professional military man? Was a personal confident of Saddam and a key member of the Iraqi ruling elite during that period of Baathist rule.
"The BBC reports that “Al-Douri, 72, led the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, a key force behind the recent rise of Islamic State (IS).” The Naqshbandi Order is a Sufi group"
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"TIKRIT, Salahaddin Province – Former Saddam Hussein deputy, the man pictured as the King of Clubs in the infamous US deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqis, has died along with eight other suicide bombers, a provincial official has told Rudaw."
"Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, an ex-general in the Iraqi Army and the successor to Saddam Hussein as leader of the Baath Party, detonated himself on Friday in an attack on Iraqi forces in the liberated city of Tikrit"
Izzat either blowing himself up as a suicide bomber or was blown up with a bunch of suicide bombers. ISIL incorporating into all operations the suicide bomber and bomb.
Izzat also a professional military man [?] and fugitive during the American adventure into Iraq. Also a mover and shaker behind the military success of ISIL?