Wednesday, November 02, 2005

"The most wanted man in Iraq, maybe"

Writing for what many consider to be virtually one of the enemy's mouthpieces,, Sandy Shanks points to, if not the most wanted, perhaps one of the most dangerous men in Iraq, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the "King of Clubs" and "...highest-ranking member of [Saddam's] regime to...escape capture or death."

Shanks speculates that al-Douri, once the vice president of Saddam's revolutionary council, may be leading the Baathist segment of the Iraqi Terrorist Insurgency. Shanks isn't the only one.

Global Security says that al-Douri " believed to be behind some attacks against coalition forces and Iraqis."

And geopolitical analyst wunderkind (he's only 19) Ryan Mauro, interviewed in, says:
From open-source information and my own sources, it's clear that the survival of the insurgency depends on Syrian and Iranian support. The commanders for the Baathists, particularly Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, operate from Syria and train operatives in Aleppo.

The most wanted man in Iraq? Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

While I disagree with Shanks' wildly pessimistic outlook on the War on Terror - possibly played up to pacify al-Jazeera's Arab audience - (in particular, this incredible statement, "...his [Bush's] American news media cohorts..." as if the MSM hadn't been trying to stage a coup d'état since the 2000 election), Shanks makes a good case for diverting some resources from hunting Zarqawi to finding al-Douri.