Iraq insurgents form front under ex-Saddam aide-TV

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DUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) Several Iraqi insurgent groups have formed a front led by Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most senior member of the past regime still at large, Al Arabiya television reported today.

The US military has accused Ibrahim, who was vice-chairman of Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council, of helping lead the Sunni Arab-led insurgency which erupted after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The television station said the main group in the new front was the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order, one of the smaller insurgent groups. It did not name the other groups.

''The meeting unanimously elected the sheikh of the Mujahideen ... Izzat Ibrahim, as the top leader of the High Command for Jihad and Liberation,'' said a militant, his face blurred, on a video aired by the network.

The television did not say where it obtained the video and its authenticity could not be independently verified.

Ibrahim ranked sixth on the US military's list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis, with a 10 million dollars reward offered for his capture.

REUTERS SBA AS0101

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