An audio message attributed to the deputy of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has called on all Iraqis to join efforts to liberate the country.
The voice recording was released on a website loyal to Saddam's ousted Baath party. It is said to have been made by a senior party member Ezzat Ibrahimi al-Douri. The message asks people of Iraq to join ISIL militants and contribute to the freedom of the country to the extent of their ability. The 15-minute tape also describes the Takfiris as heroes and praises their offensive against the government of Nouri al-Maliki. It comes as the ISIL terrorists have faced huge defeats after Iraqi army forces pushed them back to areas in the northern Nineveh and western Anbar province.