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Tape purportedly seeks Iraq govt. boycott

March 27, 2006 at 11:24 AM

BAGHDAD, March 27 (UPI) -- A taped message purportedly from a former Saddam Hussein aide asks Arab leaders to boycott the Iraqi government and recognize instead the Iraqi resistance.

The tape aired on the Arabic television channel al-Jazeera claimed to be the voice of Saddam's former deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, one of the most wanted men from Saddam's Baath party. Some reports claimed Douri died of cancer last November, reports the BBC.

The voice on the tape also condemned recent attacks on Shiite shrines in Iraq. The tape, which did not say when it was recorded, has not been authenticated.

The voice on the tape asked Arab leaders, who are scheduled to meet next week in Sudan, to "boycott the regime of agents and traitors," saying the current Iraqi government was "appointed by the U.S. occupiers," the report said. It asked the leaders to recognize the "Iraqi resistance as the sole legitimate representative of the Iraqi people".

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