Famous Iraqi Leaders

Find out more about the greatest Iraqi Leaders, including Saddam Hussein, Ahmed Chalabi, Mohammed Hadid, Nouri al-Maliki and Muqtada al-Sadr.

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 1 
Sennacherib
(Military Commander, King)

Sennacherib
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Birthdate: 0740 BC
Birthplace: Nimrud
Died: December 31, 0681
Sennacherib reigned as the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire between 705 BC and 681 BC. One of the most famous Assyrian kings, Sennacherib is mentioned as an important figure in the Hebrew Bible. He is credited with destructing the city of Babylon and expanding Nineveh, the last great Assyrian capital.

 2 
Uday Hussein
(Saddam Hussein’s Son)

Uday Hussein
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Birthdate: June 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tikrit
Died: July 22, 2003

Uday Hussein was an the eldest child of  Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Uday was reportedly intimidating and erratically ruthless. Many claim that his relatives and acquaintances were victims of his rage. He was killed in 2003 by an American task force following the invasion of Iraq. 

 3 
Saddam Hussein
(5th President of Iraq (1979-2003))

Saddam Hussein
85
Birthdate: April 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Al Awja, Iraq
Died: December 30, 2006

Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq as its president from 1979 to 2003. Described as one of the last of the great dictators of the 20th century, his regime caused the deaths of at least 250,000 Iraqis. Saddam was deposed in 2003 when a U.S led coalition invaded Iraq. Accused of crimes against humanity, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death in 2006.

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 4 
Qusay Hussein
(Son of Saddam Hussein)

Qusay Hussein
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Birthdate: May 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: July 22, 2003
Qusay Hussein was the younger son of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. As in charge of the Iraqi Republican Guard, a branch of the Iraqi military during the presidency of Saddam Hussein, Qusay Hussein was an influential man in Iraq. It is also believed that he had authority over other military units in Iraq. He was killed by U.S special forces in 2003.
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 5 
Tariq Aziz
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

Tariq Aziz
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Birthdate: April 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Keppe
Died: June 5, 2015

 6 
Muqtada al-Sadr
(Politician)

Muqtada al-Sadr
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Birthdate: August 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Son of Iraqi Shi'a cleric Grand Ayatollah Muḥammad Ṣādiq al-Ṣadr, known for his opposition to Saddam Hussein, Muqtada al-Sadr started the Sadrist Movement. His initial militant stint transformed into a nationalist phase later. Shi'a people consider him a hero who stood against Sunni insurgents.

 7 
Nouri al-Maliki
(Vice President of Iraq (2014-2015 and 2016-2018), Prime Minister of Iraq (2006-2014))

Nouri al-Maliki
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Birthdate: June 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hindiyah, Iraq

Former prime minister and vice president of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki was the grandson of reputed poet Muhammad Hasan Abi al-Mahasin. He later joined the outlawed Daʿwah party and escaped to Syria under the pseudonym Jawad after his link with the party was discovered. He later became the party leader.

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 8 
Raghad Hussein
(Politician)

Raghad Hussein
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Birthdate: September 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

 9 
Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
(Iraqi Former Diplomat and Politician)

Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
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Birthdate: July 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hillah, Iraq

 10 
Mohammed Hadid
(politician)

Mohammed Hadid
3
Birthdate: January 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mosul
Died: August 3, 1999

 11 
Abd al-Karim Qasim
(Political leader)

Abd al-Karim Qasim
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Birthdate: November 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 9, 1963

 12 

Aḥmad Ḥasan al-Bakr
3
Birthdate: July 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tikrīt, Iraq
Died: October 4, 1982

 13 
Haider al-Abadi
(75th Prime Minister of Iraq)

Haider al-Abadi
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Iraqi politician and Islamic Dawa Party member Haider al-Abadi, who had also served as the country’s prime minister, had made it to Time 100 in 2018. An electrical engineer, he also boasts of a PhD from the University of Manchester. His governance relied on cracking down on corruption and terrorism.

 14 
Jalal Talabani
(6th President of Iraq)

Jalal Talabani
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Birthdate: 1933 AD
Birthplace: Kalkan, Iraq
Died: October 3, 2017

 15 
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri
(Secretary General of the National Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party)

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri
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Birthdate: July 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ad-Dawr, Saladin, Iraq
Died: October 25, 2020

 16 
Ahmed Chalabi
(Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq (2005-06))

Ahmed Chalabi
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Birthdate: October 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Iraq
Died: November 3, 2015

Ahmed Chalabi was an Iraqi politician who served as the president of the Governing Council of Iraq from 1 September 2003 to 30 September 2003. He is credited with founding the Iraqi National Congress and served as its leader for many years.

 17 
Esarhaddon
(Sennacherib's son, king)

Esarhaddon
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Harran
Died: 0669 BC

 18 
Latif Yahia
(Former body double of Uday Hussein)

Latif Yahia
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Birthdate: June 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

 19 
Masoud Barzani
(Politician)

Masoud Barzani
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Birthdate: August 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mahabad

Masoud Barzani is a Kurdish politician who served as the President of Kurdistan Region from 2005 to 2017. A respected politician, Barzani has been serving as the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party since 1979. Barzani is credited with playing a crucial role in the progression of the Kurdistan Region polity after the end of the Gulf War in 1991.

 20 
Ur-Nammu
(King)

Ur-Nammu
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Birthdate: 0000 BC

 21 

Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti
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Birthdate: February 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tikrit, Iraq
Died: January 15, 2007

 22 

ʿAbd al-Rahman ʿArif
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Birthdate: April 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: August 24, 2007

 23 
Nur ad-Din
(Ruler)

Nur ad-Din
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Birthdate: April 14, 1916, 1118
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: May 15, 1174

 24 
Ayad Allawi
(Politician)

Ayad Allawi
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Birthdate: May 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adamiyah, Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 0000 AD

Adnan Khairallah
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 26 

Rashid Ali al-Gaylani
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Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: August 28, 1965

 27 
Mustafa al-Barzani
(Politician)

Mustafa al-Barzani
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Birthdate: March 14, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barzan, Iraq
Died: March 1, 1979

 28 
Shalmaneser III
(Ashurnasirpal II's son)

Shalmaneser III
2
Birthdate: 0880 BC
Died: 0824 BC

 29 
Nuri as-Said
(Politician)

Nuri as-Said
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Birthdate: 0880 BC, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: July 15, 1958

 30 
Abdul Salam Arif
(President)

Abdul Salam Arif
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Birthdate: March 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: April 13, 1966

 31 
Al-Hādī
(Caliph of Baghdad)

Al-Hādī
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Birthdate: April 26, 0764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jibal
Died: September 24, 0785

 32 
Ibrahim al-Jaafari
(Politician)

Ibrahim al-Jaafari
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Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karbala, Iraq

 33 

Shalmaneser V
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0722 AD

 34 
Taha Yassin Ramadan
(Politician, Military personnel)

Taha Yassin Ramadan
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Birthdate: February 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: March 20, 2007

 35 
Abid Hamid Mahmud
(Military personnel)

Abid Hamid Mahmud
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: June 7, 2012

Tiglath-Pileser I
2
Birthdate: 1114 BC
Died: 1076 BC

 37 
Qutayba ibn Muslim
(Military commander)

Qutayba ibn Muslim
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Birthdate: 0669 AD
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: 0715 AD

 38 
Masrour Barzani
(Prime Minister)

Masrour Barzani
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Birthdate: March 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Choman, Iraq

 39 
Ali Hassan al-Majid
(Military officer)

Ali Hassan al-Majid
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Birthdate: November 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Al Awja, Iraq
Died: January 25, 2010

 40 
Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
(President of the Governing Council of Iraq (1 March 2004 – 31 March 2004))

Mohammad Bahr al-Ulloum
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Birthdate: December 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: April 7, 2015

 41 
ʿAbd al-ʿAziz al-Hakim
(Prime Minister)

ʿAbd al-ʿAziz al-Hakim
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Birthdate: January 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: August 26, 2009

 42 

Shalmaneser I
1
Birthdate: 1274 BC

 43 
Bakr Sidqi
(General)

Bakr Sidqi
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Birthdate: 1890 AD
Birthplace: Kirkūk, Iraq
Died: August 12, 1937

Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 45 
Hoshyar Zebari
(Minister of Finance of Iraq (2014–2016), Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq (2014–2014))

Hoshyar Zebari
1
Birthdate: September 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akre, Iraq

 46 
Firsat Sofi
(Politician)

Firsat Sofi
1
Birthdate: May 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Choman, Iraq
Died: November 18, 2020

 47 
Isa ibn Musa
(Military Leader)

Isa ibn Musa
1
Birthdate: 0721 AD
Birthplace: Jordan
Died: 0783 AD

Abd al-Rahman al-Bazzaz
1
Birthdate: February 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: June 28, 1973

 49 
Ghaida Kambash
(Politician)

Ghaida Kambash
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: July 10, 2020

 50 
Jaafar Al-Askari
(Statesman)

Jaafar Al-Askari
1
Birthdate: September 15, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: October 29, 1936