Hero Ibrahim Ahmed

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Hero Ibrahim Ahmed
First Lady of Iraq
In office
April 7, 2005 – July 24, 2014
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Nationality Iraqi
Political party Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
Spouse(s) Jalal Talabani
Children Bafil Talabani, Qubad Talabani
Residence Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Religion Sunni Islam

Hero Ibrahim Ahmed (born 1948) is the daughter of Ibrahim Ahmad, the spouse of Jalal Talabani and the mother of Bafil Talabani and Qubad Talabani.

Early life[edit]

She was born in 1948 to an active political family that was struggling against Kurdish oppression in Iraq. Her father, Ibrahim Ahmad was imprisoned at Abu Graib in the 1950s which motivated her to follow politics.

Her family was exiled to Kirkuk in 1954 and placed under house arrest until their return to Silemani in 1953. Upon returning her father was wounded in an assassination attempt.

Her family moved to Baghdad in 1958, where Hero pursued an education. She couldn't finish her education because of a military coup in Iraq which forced her family to flee to Iran, where she again resumed her education. In 1972 she graduated from Al-Mustansiriya University, Baghdad in Psychology, and gave birth to her eldest son Bafil.


She is active in the media and is the founder of one of the major Kurdish TV Channel - Kurdsat TV.

She is a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan politburo after being elected in the PUK 3rd congress in June 2010.

She actively promotes art and culture and has been instrumental in supporting the younger generation artists. Being a musician herself, Hero has supported several music projects, both for fund raising and for the media, and is committed to continuing her support in the future. Hero is also a women's right activist promoting music and art. She used the Kurdsat TV channel to launch multiple women awareness projects.

Hero is currently the director of Kurdistan Save the Children (KSC) a charity organisation that aims to provide food, shelter and education for thousands of displaced orphans. She recognised that at that time a grassroots Kurdish organization was very much needed, as the involvement of local staff would ensure a better understanding of people’s needs.[1]

On 4 May 2008, while travelling to a cultural festival in Baghdad's National Theatre, a bomb exploded near her motorcade. Four of her bodyguards were injured, however Hero was not. It was unclear if Hero was the target of the bombing. This occurred on the same day as four U.S. marines were killed in Anbar Province by a roadside bomb.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ http://word.world-citizenship.org/wp-archive/318
  2. ^ "Iraqi first lady survives bombing". BBC News. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Alissa J. Rubin (5 May 2008). "Iraqi President's Wife Not Hurt by a Roadside Bomb". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "First lady of Iraq survives attack; 4 marines killed". The New York Times. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Iraq's first lady survives bomb attack". AP via USA Today. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2012.