File - Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.
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The TV channel of Iraq's former ruling Baath party Friday released an audio recording purportedly of the elusive Saddam Hussein deputy some officials said had been killed last month.Several IRaqi officials and leaders of Shiite militias had claimed that Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was killed more than a month ago near the city of Tikrit. The recording emerged one day after ISIS released an audio message by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who reaffirmed his leadership of the group following a six-month silence and rumors over his health.Rumors emerged last month that Baghdadi was seriously wounded in a March airstrike and had relinquished the organization's leadership to a militant called Abu Alaa al-Afri.The recording provides no clues as to Baghdadi's health but largely dispels any notion he is no longer the overall leader of the organization.
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