Izzet al-Douri in Custody?
That's what Al-Arabiya TV is saying.
They're saying that he was caught near the Hamrin Mountain area in Salahuddin Province.
I just checked my notes from a notebook dated "Started December 12, 2006" and "Ended January 17, 2007". These are possible hiding spots that I have for Izzet al-Douri when traveling inside Iraq:
-Dogmeh village in Diyala, hosted by Sheikh Abdel-Jabbar al-Janabi.
-A village near Khalis, hosted by Sheikh Aziz Muhammad al-Faraj of the Albu Hayazi'a clan of the 'Ubeid tribe. This fellow is Izzet's father-in-law (the father of Izzet's fourth wife), and according to what I've heard he was killed in an mortar strike about a week ago.
-The village of Mubarek al-Farhan near the Hamrin/Adheim area, hosted by Muhammad Mubarak al-Farhan, also of the Albu Hayazi'a clan, who took over from his father last year.
If it turns out that al-Douri was indeed caught in this last village, then I can't stake a claim for the millions in bounty money because I never published my notes. Darn it!
But anyway, this is great news if it gets confirmed.
Update: A source of mine spoke to an important Ba'athist commander in an area near Hamrin who could not confirm or dismiss the report since he hasn't heard anything apart from what's been carried by al-Arabiya. My source says that had something of this magnitude happened then this commander would have known by now. We'll have to wait and see.