Abdul Qadir Obeidi

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Abdulqder Alobeidi
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Defence Minister of Iraq
In office
President Jalal Talabani
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Preceded by Saadoun al-Dulaimi
Succeeded by Nouri al-Maliki (acting)
Personal details
Born 1947
Baghdad, Iraq
Political party Independent
Profession Military Officer, Politician
Religion Sunni Islam
Awards 4 medals of honor
Military service
Allegiance  Iraq
Service/branch Iraqi Army
Years of service 1966–1994 (court martialled)

Lt. Gen. Abdul Qadir Mohammed Jassim Obeidi al-Mifarji' (Listeni/ˈæbdʊl ˈkɑːdər ɑː mɪˈfɑri/; Arabic: عبدالقادر محمد جاسم المفرجي‎) was the Defence Minister of Iraq in the Council of Ministers of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from 2006 to 2010. He was not reappointed in the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved on 21 December 2010; as a result, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is the acting defence minister. When he became the minister of defense in 2006, He improved the army and rebuilt it from the ground after 2003 to make it strong again.


Alobeidi was born in Baghdad in 1947.He is a Sunni Arab. A major general in the Iraqi army during Saddam Husain's time. He finished his primary, mid, and high school education in Baghdad, then he attended the Iraqi military college (الكلية العسكرية) in 1966 and graduated with honors in 1968. In 1973, the Iraqi ministry of defense, sent him to study in the Soviet Union, to have a (master of science) in Aerodynamics, specialized in Tanks weapons from Vestrel academy of military science in Moscow and graduated in 1975. In 1977, he attended the Iraqi staff college and graduated in 1979. He is considered one of the Iraqi officers who greatly participated in developing the Iraqi Armored Corps, nevertheless, he became the commander of the Iraqi armored corps from 1988-1992. He has several publications and studies regarding the Tanks and Ballistics.

He told the Council of Representatives that he had been demoted after opposing the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and was sentenced to seven years jail in 1994 and put under security watch after he released from the prison till 2003. In 2003, he joined the new Iraqi army, serving first as the commander of the operations room and then commander of military operations in western Iraq. Prior to his appointment as Minister on 8 June 2006, he was commander of the infantry commando units.

During his confirmation hearing in the Council of Representatives one Assembly member accused him of being a "war criminal in a military campaign against the city of Fallujah."

He is not affiliated with any political party but his appointment was strongly backed by the Sunni Arab-led Iraqi Accord Front.

In March 2007 he said that "corruption and militias inhabit the halls" of the Defense Ministry, "fictitious employees" were "rampant" and he is pressured to restructure his ministry along the lines of power-sharing deals.

In October 2008 he announced that all soldiers and other employees of the Ministry would be forbidden from joining any political party, running for political office, working on any political campaign or even attending political demonstrations.[1]

He was banned from the 2010 Iraqi elections due to alleged links with the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party which were made up and untrue.[2]


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Preceded by
Saadoun al-Dulaimi
Defence Minister
Succeeded by
Nouri al-Maliki (acting)