Fugitive Saddam aide allegedly calls for support

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.
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.Jassim Mohammed / AP file
/ Source: The Associated Press

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.