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Iraqi cleric Sadr will assign a squad to kill former Saddam aide Douri


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Shia cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has vowed to form a special team to arrest or assassinate former Saddam Hussein aide Ezzat al-Douri.

Answering questions by his followers on his online portal, Sadr, commenting on a recent video that purports to show a speech by Douri, Saddam’s vice president, said :” after the elections, we intend to activate a special squad to search for him again, arrest him or kill him”.

Sadr referred to occasional reports about Douri’s death. “Beware so that corrupt officials do not repeat the cliche of his death, which appears later to be a lie”.

On Wednesday, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s security committee, denied Douri’s existence in Iraq, deeming his lately circulated video “a declaration of bankruptcy”.

Douri, speaking in the video, commemorating the establishment of the now-defunct Baath Party, which he claimed to had been from Baghdad, warned of “a popular armed revolt to eliminate the traitors”. He blamed the current authorities for the death of millions of Iraqis and destruction of Iraqi cities.

Douri’s exact whereabouts have been unknown since a U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 toppled former leader Saddam Hussein.  Occasional reports have been made of his death but none were confirmed.


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  1. This is a very foolish move for Sadr. He is about to do what is not in the best interests of the Iraqi people. Killing al Douri will only make the conflict worse.

    The existing Iraqi government was put into place by an outside force, and therefore will never be considered legitimate. There will always be resistance. Iraq was kicked off course in its evolution. Al Douri is one of the only people who can end the conflict in Iraq, because he is willing to assume responsibility for doing what is everyone’s best interest.

    The conflict in Iraq devolved not as a war, but as a genocide, and the ripples of effects have gone out to draw in every person on the planet. There is no accepted protocol at this time to end a genocide. Character defamation is an individual form of genocide, and genocides are based on weaving an illusion. It was an act of revenge that drew together five groups of people playing the games of war, genocide, massacres, slavery and terrorism. How can killing al Douri end these horrific power games?

    Rather than to allow Iraq to be controlled by outside forces, the solution is to allow al Douri to take George W. Bush to court, and to settle the dispute through mediation. Put him into power long enough for him to end the conflict, and to set the stage for Iraq to become equal part of an international government. Such a plan has been opened to debate.

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