Aqila al-Hashimi

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Aqila al-Hashimi
عقيلة الهاشمي
Member of the Governing Council
In office
July 2003 – 28 June 2004
Preceded by Council created
Succeeded by Council dissolved
Personal details
Born 1953
Najaf, Iraq
Died 25 September 2003 (aged 50)
Baghdad, Iraq
Profession Diplomat, Politician

Aqila al-Hashimi (Arabic عقيلة الهاشمي cAqīla al-Hāshimī; 1953 - September 25, 2003) was an Iraqi politician who served on the Iraqi Governing Council.

Aqila al-Hashimi was born in 1953 into a prominent Shi'ite religious family in Najaf. She gained a degree in law in Iraq and a doctorate in French Literature at the Sorbonne.

She joined the Foreign Ministry in 1979 working as a French translator for Tariq Aziz. Al-Hashimi ran the oil for food programme [1] in the Foreign Ministry under Saddam Hussein.

She was one of only three women on the IGC and the only member of the former regime to have been on the Council. She had been expected to become Iraq's new Ambassador to the United Nations [2]

She died of abdomen wounds suffered five days earlier when her convoy was ambushed by six men in a pickup truck near her home in western Baghdad.[3] The killing was blamed on supporters of the former president, Saddam Hussein.

The UK politician George Galloway, who was strongly opposed to the war and who referred to attacks on coalition forces as a “bloody good hiding,” discussed her participation in the Governing Council in an interview shortly after her death, saying that although he derived no pleasure from her death, he denounced her role in the Iraqi Governing Council, calling her a "puppet minister."[4]

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