Saddam Hussein's deputy, who has eluded capture since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, has called for Arab leaders to back Iraq's resistance, in an audiotape aired 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, which will start Tuesday.
The voice on the tape said Iraq's Sunni-led resistance was "the sole legitimate representative of the Iraqi people."
The voice added Arab leaders should "boycott the regime of mercenaries and treason and besiege it by taking the necessary decision to support the people of Iraq, its courageous, national resistance and its jihad until liberation."
The tape also sought to distance the resistance from attacks on civilians and religious targets, calling them "the pinnacle of lowliness, vileness and criminality. Our people and your resistance will take revenge from the culprits sooner or later."