Reports of Al-Douri's switch may be premature
Yesterday, AT relayed a report from AdnKronos International that Saddam's former deputy and current leader of the banned Baath Party, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, has decided to quit Al-Qaeda and to join forces with Iraqi forces and the Coalition. A former top Baath official, Abu Wisam al-Jashaami, told pan-Arab daily Al Hayat that al-Douri wanted to deal directly with US forces in Iraq.
- As Vice-Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, complicit in launching two wars of aggression against Iran and Kuwait; invading Saudi Arabia and attacking the town of Khafji in January 1991.
- Complicit in gross violations of Geneva Convention IV Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time Of War and Geneva Convention III Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, committed by Iraqi forces during the war with Iran and the occupation of Kuwait between August 1990 - March 1991.
- Involved in the brutal repression of the Uprising which followed the Gulf War in 1991 including mass executions, torture and wanton destruction.
- Complicit in the use of excessive military force against the Marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq as part of an ongoing campaign against the Shi'as, including the deliberate destruction of the Marsh Arabs' way of life.
- As a member of the Revolutionary Command Council, complicit in the genocidal Anfal campaigns waged against the Kurds, including chemical weapons attacks, destruction of rural villages and the rural infrastructure and mass executions [emphasis added].
Douglas Hanson is national security correspondent of American Thinker.