Find out more about the greatest Iraqi, including Saddam Hussein, Sargon of Akkad, Charles Saatchi, Haider al-Abadi and Sajida Talfah.

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

30 December 2006

Al-Awja

Taurus

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

2340 BC

2284 BC

Azupiranu

Sajida TalfahSajida Talfah
(Wife of Saddam Hussein)

24 June 1937

Tikrit, Iraq

Cancer

Charles SaatchiCharles Saatchi
(Businessman)

09 June 1943

Baghdad

Gemini

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

1952 AD

Baghdad, Iraq

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

20 June 1950

Al-Hindiya, Iraq

Gemini

Ahmed ChalabiAhmed Chalabi
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq)

30 October 1944

03 November 2015

Kadhimiya, Iraq

Scorpio

Ibn-al-HaythamIbn-al-Haytham
(Scientist, Physicist, Mathematician)

01 July 0965

06 March 1040

Basra, Iraq

Cancer

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

07 July 1956

Sulaymaniyah

Cancer

GilgameshGilgamesh

3500 BC

NimrodNimrod
HammurabiHammurabi
(King)

1810 BC

1750 BC

Babylon

Husayn ibn AliHusayn ibn Ali
(Imam)

08 January 0626

10 October 0680

Medina

Capricorn

EzraEzra

Babylon

NehemiahNehemiah

0400 BC

Babylon

NehemiahNehemiah

0400 BC

Babylon

Muhammad al-MahdiMuhammad al-Mahdi
(Imam)

19 July 0868

14 May 0941

Samarra

Cancer

TerahTerah
(Abraham's father)

1883 BC

1678 BC

SennacheribSennacherib
(Military commander)

0740 BC

31 December 0681

Nimrud

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

1940 AD

Hillah

BelshazzarBelshazzar
(king)

0539 BC

Ahmad ibn HanbalAhmad ibn Hanbal
(Jurist)

0780 AD

0855 AD

Baghdad

Paul BremerPaul Bremer
(Politician, Diplomat)

30 September 1941

Hartford

Libra

AshurbanipalAshurbanipal
(King)

0687 BC

0627 BC

Assyria

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

01 July 1914

04 October 1982

Tikrit

Cancer

Jalal TalabaniJalal Talabani
(Politician, Jurist, Lawyer)

12 November 1933

Kelkan

Scorpio

Muqtada al-SadrMuqtada al-Sadr
(Politician)

12 August 1973

Baghdad

Leo

Ahmad ibn FadlanAhmad ibn Fadlan
(Traveler)

0877 AD

0960 AD

Baghdad, Iraq

Tariq AzizTariq Aziz
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

28 April 1936

05 June 2015

Tel Keppe

Taurus

Ali Hassan al-MajidAli Hassan al-Majid
(politician)

30 November 1941

25 January 2010

Tikrit

Sagittarius

EnheduannaEnheduanna
(Poet)

2285 BC

2250 BC

Mesopotamia

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

21 November 1914

09 February 1963

Baghdad

Scorpio

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

01 July 1942

Tikrit

Cancer

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

04 August 1930

Mashhad

Leo

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
(Politician)

16 August 1946

Mahabad

Leo

Mohammed HadidMohammed Hadid
(politician)

01 January 1907

03 August 1999

Mosul

Capricorn

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

17 February 1951

15 January 2007

Tikrit

Aquarius

EsarhaddonEsarhaddon
(Sennacherib's son, king)

0669 BC

Harran

NabopolassarNabopolassar
(king)

0658 BC

0605 BC

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

25 March 1947

Hindiya

Aries

Dar SalimDar Salim
(Actor)

18 August 1977

Baghdad, Iraq

Leo

Zainab SalbiZainab Salbi
(writer, activist)

31 August 1969

Baghdad

Virgo

Khosrau IIKhosrau II
(king)

0590 AD

28 February 0628

Ctesiphon

Al-BattaniAl-Battani
(Astronomer)

0858 AD

0929 AD

Şanlıurfa

Abu NuwasAbu Nuwas
(Poet)

0756 AD

0814 AD

Ahvaz

Adnan KhairallahAdnan Khairallah

Muhammad ibn Jarir al-TabariMuhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari
(Historian)

0838 AD

17 February 0923

Amol

Shalmaneser IIIShalmaneser III
(Ashurnasirpal II's son)

0880 BC

0824 BC

Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-SadrMohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
(theologian)

23 March 1941

19 February 1999

Kadhimiya

Aries

Khosrau IKhosrau I
(King)

0501 AD

31 January 0579

Ardestan

Yasser Al-HabibYasser Al-Habib
(Cleric)

20 January 1979

Iraq

Capricorn

FuzûlîFuzûlî
(Poet)

1483 AD

1556 AD

Karbala

Masrour BarzaniMasrour Barzani
Sabawi Ibrahim al-TikritiSabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti

Mohammad Bahr al-UlloumMohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
Shalmaneser IShalmaneser I
(King)

1274 BC

Hoshyar ZebariHoshyar Zebari

GeberGeber
(Polymath)

0721 AD

25 December 0815

Tous

Nebuchadrezzar IINebuchadrezzar II
(king)

0634 BC

0562 BC

RafiRafi

Abdul Karim QassimAbdul Karim Qassim
(Political leader)

21 November 1914

09 February 1963

Baghdad

Scorpio

Al-KindīAl-Kindī
(Philosopher)

0801 AD

0873 AD

Basra

Al-KindīAl-Kindī
(Philosopher)

0801 AD

0873 AD

Basra

Nur ad-DinNur ad-Din
(Emir)

31 January 1118

15 May 1174

Mosul

Aquarius

Abul WáfaAbul Wáfa
(Persian mathematician)

10 June 0940

15 July 0998

Buzhgan

Gemini

Tiglat-pileser IIITiglat-pileser III
(King)

0780 BC

0727 BC

Abu Hanifa an-Nu‘manAbu Hanifa an-Nu‘man
(Imam)

05 September 0699

14 June 0767

Kufa

Virgo