- Baathist turned al Qaeda leader Izzat Ibrahim al Douri turns on al Qaeda; operations against al Qaeda in Iraq.
- The other day we made mention of the fact that al-Maliki, despite the Iraq parliamentary being on the highly criticized "vacation", was working behind the scenes on political progress by courting the Sunni's.
Al Douri was #6 of the 52 most wanted men in Iraq after the fall of Saddam. He was considered Saddam’s #2 to #3 guy. When I first hit Iraq, his rep was that of the #1 mastermind of the Sunni Baathist insurgency, running and funding it from Syria. He’s been seriously ill for years, as well.
This has a really huge sound to it and hopefully we'll get more stories on it over the next couple of days. We definitely need another source to report it to help confirm, though.