Image: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.
Jassim Mohammed  /  AP file
Saddam Hussein's chief deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, pictured here on Dec. 1, 2002, during a ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, purportedly called for Arab leaders to back Iraq's Sunni-backed insurgency, in an audiotape broadcast Monday.
updated 3/27/2006 6:39:41 AM ET 2006-03-27T11:39:41

Saddam Hussein's chief deputy, who has eluded capture since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq three years ago, purportedly called for Arab leaders to back Iraq's Sunni-backed insurgency, in an audiotape broadcast Monday.

The tape, which Al-Jazeera television said was made by Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, appeared to be an address to the Arab League summit in Khartoum, Sudan, this week.

The voice on the tape said Iraq's Sunni-led insurgency was "the sole legitimate representative of the Iraqi people."

Al-Douri was sixth on the U.S. deck of cards that enumerated the most-wanted members of Saddam's regime. He had been Revolutionary Command Council vice chairman and a longtime Saddam confidant.

It was impossible to determine the tape's authenticity.

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