Is al-Douri alive? Dead? Captured? On the lam?
The answer: Yes.
In December 2003 we were pretty certain that al-Douri was dead:
US forces may have killed or captured Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted man in Iraq after Saddam Hussein and believed to be a mastermind of the guerilla resistance, Iraq Governing Council sources said.
Former officials of the Baath Party confirmed Saturday on their Web site the death of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the last of Saddam Hussein's inner circle still at large in Iraq and a man long sought by the American military command as the effective leader of the Baathist insurgent underground here.
Director of the bureau of the vice president of the ousted regime, Izzat Al-Douri, has been detained, the interior ministry announced on Tuesday.