Baqir Jabr al-Zubeidi

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Baqir Jabr al-Zubeidi
باقر جبر الزبيدي
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Fahadawi in 2006.
Minister of Finance
In office
May 2006 – December 2010
President Jalal Talabani
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Preceded by Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi
Succeeded by Rafi al-Issawi
Minister of Interior
In office
April 2005 – May 2006
President Jalal Talabani
Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari
Preceded by Falah Hassan al-Naqib
Succeeded by Jawad Bulani
Minister of Housing and Reconstruction
In office
September 2003 – June 2004
President Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer
Prime Minister Iraqi Governing Council
Preceded by Coalition Provisional Authority
Succeeded by Omar Farouk
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 67–68)
Amara Province, Kingdom of Iraq
Nationality Iraq
Political party Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq
Alma mater University of Baghdad
Occupation Politician
Religion Shia Islam
Military service
Nickname(s) Bayan Jabr Solagh
Allegiance Badr Brigades
Commands Commander of the Badr Brigades

Baqir Jabr Al-Zubeidi (Arabic: باقر جبر الزبيدي‎), also known as Bayan Jabr Solagh, is a former commander of the Badr Brigades who served as the Finance Minister of Iraq in the government of Nouri al-Maliki. He served as Minister of Interior, in charge of the police, in the Iraqi Transitional Government and was Minister of Housing and Reconstruction of the Iraqi Governing Council. He is a senior member of the Shi'a United Iraqi Alliance as well as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Unlike most Shi'a of Iraq, Baqir Jabr is of mixed Turkish and Kurdish ancestry.[citation needed]

Born in 1946 in the Maysan Governorate, Jabr became a Shi'a activist while studying engineering at Baghdad University in the 1970s. He fled to Iran amid Saddam Hussein's crackdown on Shi'a political groups and joined the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). He later headed SCIRI's office in Syria. According to the Independent newspaper Jabr was a former commander of SCIRI's militia, the Badr Brigades.

Under Jabr's control the Interior Ministry in 2006 was accused by the United Nations human rights chief in Iraq, John Pace, of executing and torturing to death hundreds of Iraqis every month.[1]

On 3 January 2006, his sister was reported kidnapped by Iraqi insurgents.[2] She was released two weeks later after ransom was paid.

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Iraq's death squads: on the brink of civil war” The Independent, Feb. 26, 2006
  2. ^ Knickmeyer, Ellen (3 January 2006). "U.S. Raid Kills Family North of Baghdad". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi
Minister of Finance of Iraq
May 2006–December 2010
Succeeded by
Rafi al-Issawi
Preceded by
Falah Hassan al-Naqib
Minister of Interior of Iraq
April 2005–May 2006
Succeeded by
Jawad Bulani
Preceded by
Coalition Provisional Authority
Minister of Housing and Reconstruction of Iraq
September 2003–June 2004
Succeeded by
Omar Farouk