Hamid Raja Shalah

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Hamid Raja Shalah
حامد رجا شلاح
Born 1950 (age 67–68)
Baiji, Salah al-Din Governorate, Kingdom of Iraq
Allegiance Iraq Baathist Iraq
Service/branch IQAF Symbol.svg Iraqi Air Force
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Iraqi Air Force
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War
Gulf War
Iraq War

Hamid Raja Shalah (Arabic: حامد رجا شلاح‎), also known as Hamid Raja-Shalah Hassan al-Tikriti or Hamid Raja-Shalah Hassum al-Tikriti (born 1950 in Baiji, Salah al-Din Governorate, Iraq[1]) was a commander of the Iraqi Air Force under Saddam Hussein.

During Shalah's air force career, he served as a pilot. In the 1980s, during the Iran–Iraq War, Shalah commanded several air bases, including the Kirkuk air base. He rose to three-star rank and was appointed commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Air Force in the mid-1990s.[2]

He was reported by the United States Central Command to be in coalition custody on June 14, 2003. Prior to his capture, Shalah was number 17 (ten of spades) on the Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards.[3]


  1. ^ [1] Archived July 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "U.S. Forces Capture Iraqi Air Force Commander". Fox News. 2003-06-14. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  3. ^ John Pike (2003-06-14). "Hamid Raja Shalah Al-Tikriti Taken Into Custody". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 

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