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Reports About Izzat Al-Duri Being Captured Refuted

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Websites operated on behalf of the Iraqi Baath party denied today media reports claiming that Saddam Hussein's former deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, the King of Clubs, and number 5 on the top most wanted list published by the Coalition after the invasion, has been captured.

Al Arabiya TV reported Wednesday that a person who is suspected of being al Douri has been captured in Hamreen in the governorate of Salah El Din in Iraq, according to security sources who spoke to the Arab TV station. The sources said he will be transferred to Baghdad for DNA tests.

Al-Duri has been Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council until the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. He was pronounced new leader of the Iraqi Baath Party on 3 January 2007, shortly after the execution of former President Saddam Hussein on December 30, 2006.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary General of the Jaafari Shiite Council, dated April 23rd 2008, al-Duri responded to the criticism raised by the council towards the Baath party. Al-Duri clarified in his letter that the Iraqi Baath party was founded on the fundamentals of "Central Democracy," "Collective Leadership," and "Self-criticism."