Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a key figure in Sunni extremist groups battling the Iraqi government, has been killed in a military operation.
Al-Douri was the highest-ranking member of Hussein’s regime to evade capture known as the “King of Clubs” in a deck of playing cards used by American troops to identify the most-wanted Saddam Hussein regime officials.
He also was a man thought to have led the post-Hussein Sunni extremist group Naqshbandi Army. Naqshbandi Army supports ISIS, which has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria.
Al-Douri was killed in an operation by Iraqi security forces and Shia militia members in the Hamrin Mountains between Tikrit and Kirkuk, Iraq, Shia militia commander Hadi al-Ameri said.