April 8th, 2012
01:04 AM ET

Videos appear to show top Saddam official ripping Iraq's current leaders

A series of videos appeared online Saturday purporting to show Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the highest-ranking member of Saddam Hussein's regime to evade capture, deriding Iraq's current leadership.

Al-Douri, who the U.S. military says helped finance the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, was the "king of clubs" in a deck of playing cards used by American troops following the 2003 invasion to identify the most-wanted regime officials.

There have been several claims over the years that al-Douri was either killed or captured, though a man claiming to be al-Douri has released a number of audio messages over the years taunting Iraqi and U.S. officials.

Al-Douri, who served as a military commander and vice president in Hussein's Sunni-dominated regime, was last seen on video shortly after the invasion of Iraq.

CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the videos posted on YouTube Saturday or the identity of the man, though he bears a striking resemblance to al-Douri.

In the clips, the man who claims to be al-Douri is wears an olive military uniform and sits behind a desk with an Iraqi flag in the background.

He derides Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, as well as what he describes as meddling by neighboring Iran. Al-Maliki's Dawa party, says al-Douri, "has announced Iraq as the Shiite capital."

He said nine years have passed since the invasion and Iraq is still in peril.

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  1. chrissy

    I just shiite in my Depends diaper.

    April 8, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Saiorse

    Well, he is right about the 9 years and the peril.

    April 8, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @ Sairose
    What a crime against America and humanity that Iraq debacle has been and a blow to American prestige, credibility and clout. Those responsible and culpable still go around without accountability.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Yes, Saiorse & saywhat & we know their names, but they got away w/it! What we don't know is if the al-Douri on video is real or immitation (son? cousin? "stand-in"?), but I think the message is clear! We should not meddle in the politics of other nations unless & until they ask for help, such as Syria, & then it must be a UN effort! The Freedom Promoters must prevail! I got the backs of Al-Khawaji, Suu Kiyi & Ai WeiWei & many more, right now just in spirit, but hope to bring more tangible help in the future! Peace & Prosperity To the People of Earth!!

    April 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    We invaded Iraq under false alogations. Iraq doesn't deserve the mess USA has cause them. Innocent people dies because if USA actions

    April 9, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |