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Official: Iraq lacks DNA to identify body of Izzat Douri

By Rudaw 25/4/2015
Izzat Douri with former dictator Saddam Hussein.Reuters file photo.
Izzat Douri with former dictator Saddam Hussein.Reuters file photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Ministry of Health announced Friday the country lacks the DNA sample of needed to determine if a dead body is that of Izzat Ibrahim-Douri, the once-powerful confidant of Saddam Hussein.

“We have the DNA sample of the dead body but we haven’t been able to find a DNA sample of Izzat Douri at the present time,” the ministry announced in a statement released Friday.

Douri, the man pictured as the King of Clubs in the infamous US deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqis, was reportedly killed by Iraqi forces on April 17. The death was immediately confirmed by Salahaddin Governor Raed al-Jabouri, but the outlawed Baathist Party, which has been led by Douri since the death of Saddam, denied the report.

The purported corpse of Douri was shipped to Baghdad shortly after the announcement of his alleged death, which was picked up by major news agencies around the world. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US put out a $10 million reward for his death or capture, but the man known as the "Red Skull of Baghdad" eluded capture for more than a decade. 

“Further efforts will be made to achieve a DNA result,” said the ministry.  
Douri, believed to be 72 years old, assisted in the 1968 coup that brought Saddam to power. He is believed to have been heavily involved in the long-running Sunni insurgency against the Shia-led government of Iraq. His ties to Islamic State are unclear.


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Hoshyar Zaxoy | 25/4/2015
He used to sell ice blocks in Baghdad in the fifties. So you don't need DNA. Just check his hands for old healed frostbites. Or try DNA of any street dogs.
Abu Maziar | 25/4/2015
Residents of Al-Awja ( 13 km (8 mi) of Tikrit), the birthplace of former Dictator Saddam, who used to work in Saddam inner circle, have provided lots of valuable intelligence/information on Baath Party to Kurdistani Asyaesh in Hawler. Hundred pages of documents and video footages regarding Halabja Genocide, Iraq-Iran war, and Saddams regimes support for Islamic terrorist groups.
Delovan | 25/4/2015
Its confirmed that some 7 senior members of Baath party have been sheltered in Damascus, Syria.
Michael | 25/4/2015
Bring all those who committed Genocides against Kurds in Iraq and Syria to justice.
Conspiracy/ some signs of truth | 26/4/2015
Watch this you tube video and see some truth, or take this with a pinch of salt and judge for yourselves. There may be some truth in this. Please copy this link. "" Why US-West show support for Saudi Arabia, Arab States, Turkey & why initially funded and helped arm ISIS at one point, and now are appearing to be targeting ISIS at a later stage after ISIS has managed to clear the way "Towards Iran".... Conspiracies show that the actual target is Iran once ISIS have cleared the way for Israel to be able to enter through Syria to target the future. Hmmm...but at some point now, they appear to be helping Iran with nuclear talks and nuclear deals. Saudis Arabia and Arab States are benefiting from Israel and USA and Western Support and have all already had their discussion at the UN conference in how to defeat ISIS. But the truth of the matter is...Iran was not invited nor were the Kurdish leader Mr Barzani. Iran is being set up by the west to have the rights to nuclear program and Saudi Arabia knows it and will soon be tempted to use nuclear bomb against Saudi Arabia and Israel....which will give The West-US-Israel and Arab Countries to go to war against Iran....hence the reason why America has always been in full support of the Sunni Arabs...because they are the ones who oppose Iran. Once they defeat Iran....USA-Israel-UN Countries....all on same side....wants to go to war with Russia and China and this time it will involve nuclear bombs...WW3 will soon be coming in order UN countries to take over and rule the Earth without interference from Iran. I think either Turks and Arabs have to side with the West or else they will be next to fight The West. They know full well that they are being used like puppets, but also they will be free from Iran...hence "the carrot on the stick".

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