The “Qatari leadership” of the party called the current Secretary-General of the party in an audio statement that was spread on social media and broadcast by Iraqi and Arab media, without the statement explaining the causes of Douri’s death or its location.
According to local sources, al-Douri died in the Iraqi province of Salah al-Din and was buried there by a few members of his family.
It is believed that Douri, born on July 1, 1942, was suffering from leukemia and therefore required blood transfusions every 6 months.
The league visited Austrias capital, Vienna, in 1999 for treatment. The Austrian opposition demanded that he be arrested on the grounds that he had committed war crimes, but the government allowed him to leave the country.
Sources close to the party confirmed to “Irm News” the validity of the news of Al-Douri’s death, which had already spread many rumors during the past years about his killing or arrest.
The party said in the statement: “Today, he got off his horse, the knight of the Baath and the Iraqi national resistance, the symbol of courage, heroism and sacrifice, the faithful and passionate leader, comrade Izzat Ibrahim, who is at the highest peaks of glory and generosity, steadfast and patient, believing in the resurrection march and the right of his nation and people to a free and dignified life.”
Al-Douri, who is the second man in Saddam Hussein’s regime, and the sixth wanted person on the United States ’list of figures from the former regime, who remained hidden throughout the last period except for the official statements he publishes, some of which supported ISIS after its control over several cities in Iraq.
Al-Douri is considered one of the leaders of the Iraqi Baath Party, and participated with Saddam Hussein in the “Revolution of July 17, 1968,” which established the regime of Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr and the Baath Party.
Al-Douri was inclined to religious mysticism and encouraged and supported Sufi activities and religious shrines, as a kind of confronting extremist ideas that aimed to overthrow the Baathist regime.
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