Think of Iraqis and the first name that strikes the mind is that of the notorious dictator Saddam Hussein. And why not, for he remained the face of Iraq for almost two decades, presiding over the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War. The brutality of this condemned man was finally over in 2003 when US invaded Iraq and dethroned him from power. Saddam was hanged to death in 2006 following charges of killing 148 Iraqi Shi’ites. However, Saddam Hussein is not the only famous Iraqi of the country. Nouri al-Maliki, a world leader and politician, served as the prime minister of Iraq. He was responsible for drafting Iraq’s constitution. He also played a key role in drafting the Status of Forces agreement with the United States that mandated American forces be out of Iraqi cities by June 2009. Ignatius Zakka is yet another prominent Iraqi figure. A religious leader, he dedicated his entire life for bridging the gap between the different Christian churches. In 1980, he served as the head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. And who can forget the contribution made by Iraqi architect, Hisham N. Ashkouri, an urban planner who was the key to the reconstruction of Kabul. With this segment, find out more about famous Iraqis, their life and their works.
Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein
(Dictator & President of Iraq)

28 April 1937

(Biblical Figure)

Uday HusseinUday Hussein
(Saddam Hussein’s Son)

18 June 1964

Sargon of AkkadSargon of Akkad
(The First King of the Akkadian Empire)

2340 BC

Charles SaatchiCharles Saatchi

09 June 1943

Sajida TalfahSajida Talfah
(Wife of Saddam Hussein)

24 June 1937

Nouri Al-MalikiNouri al-Maliki
(Former Prime Minister of Iraq)

20 June 1950

Haider al-AbadiHaider al-Abadi
(75th Prime Minister of Iraq)

1952 AD

Ahmed ChalabiAhmed Chalabi
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq)

30 October 1944

Mullah KrekarMullah Krekar
(Founder of the terrorist organization Ansar al-Islam)

07 July 1956

(Scientist, Physicist, Mathematician)

01 July 0965


3500 BC

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Husayn ibn AliHusayn ibn Ali

08 January 0626


1810 BC

(Abraham's wife)

1803 BC

(Jacob's wife)

Abu Musab al-ZarqawiAbu Musab al-Zarqawi

20 October 1966


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0687 BC



Muhammad al-MahdiMuhammad al-Mahdi

19 July 0868

(Military commander)

0740 BC

(Abraham's father)

1883 BC

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Ahmad ibn HanbalAhmad ibn Hanbal

0780 AD

Muhammad Saeed al-SahhafMuhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
(politician, diplomat, journalist)

1940 AD

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

28 April 1936

Faisal II of IraqFaisal II of Iraq

02 May 1935

Muqtada al-SadrMuqtada al-Sadr

12 August 1973

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Paul BremerPaul Bremer
(Politician, Diplomat)

30 September 1941

Ahmed Hassan al-BakrAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
(Politician, Military personnel)

01 July 1914

Ahmad ibn FadlanAhmad ibn Fadlan

0877 AD

(King of Judah)

0618 BC

Ali Hassan al-MajidAli Hassan al-Majid

30 November 1941

Dar SalimDar Salim

18 August 1977

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Ali al-SistaniAli al-Sistani
(Theologian, Akhoond)

04 August 1930

Abd al-Karim QasimAbd al-Karim Qasim
(Military personnel)

21 November 1914

Izzat Ibrahim al-DouriIzzat Ibrahim al-Douri
(Politician, Military personnel)

01 July 1942

Jalal TalabaniJalal Talabani
(Politician, Jurist, Lawyer)

12 November 1933

Barzan Ibrahim al-TikritiBarzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
(Politician, Diplomat)

17 February 1951

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani

16 August 1946

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2285 BC


0658 BC

Mohammed HadidMohammed Hadid

01 January 1907

(Sennacherib's son, king)

Abu NuwasAbu Nuwas

0756 AD

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1569 BC

Khosrau IIKhosrau II

0590 AD

Shalmaneser IIIShalmaneser III
(Ashurnasirpal II's son)

0880 BC


0858 AD

Zainab SalbiZainab Salbi
(writer, activist)

31 August 1969

Muhammad ibn Jarir al-TabariMuhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari

0838 AD

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Adnan KhairallahAdnan Khairallah
Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-SadrMohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr

23 March 1941


Khosrau IKhosrau I

0501 AD

Ibrahim al-JaafariIbrahim al-Jaafari
(Politician, Diplomat)

25 March 1947


1483 AD

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Tiglath-Pileser ITiglath-Pileser I

1114 BC

Yasser Al-HabibYasser Al-Habib

20 January 1979

Masrour BarzaniMasrour Barzani

Shalmaneser IShalmaneser I

1274 BC

Sabawi Ibrahim al-TikritiSabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti
Mohammad Bahr al-UlloumMohammad Bahr al-Ulloum

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Hoshyar ZebariHoshyar Zebari

0721 AD

Nebuchadrezzar IINebuchadrezzar II

0634 BC


Abdul Karim QassimAbdul Karim Qassim
(Political leader)

21 November 1914

Muntadhar al ZaidiMuntadhar al Zaidi
(Broadcast Journalist)

15 January 1979

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0801 AD


0801 AD

Ali al-MasudiAli al-Masudi

0896 AD