Salam al-Zaubai

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Salam al-Zaubai is an Iraqi politician who was the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq from 20 May 2006 to 1 August 2007 as well as the acting Defence Minister from 20 May 2006 to 8 June 2006.[1] He was elected to the Iraqi National Assembly in December 2005 as part of the Sunni Arab-led Iraqi Accord Front list.

He is from a well known tribe, the Zoba'a, and heads the Agriculture Engineers Union.[2]

On March 23, 2007, Zaubai was wounded in an attack involving a suicide bombing and car bombing at a mosque near his home in Baghdad, and he was taken to a U.S. military hospital in the Green Zone for surgery.[3] His adviser was reportedly killed in the attack, along with a number of his guards.[4][5] A brother and cousin of Zaubai, as well as the mosque's imam, were also said to have been killed.[6] The bomber attacked al-Zubaie a day after an al-Qaida umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq called him a stooge “to the crusader occupiers.” Hours after the assassination attempt the group claimed responsibility for the bombing.[7] On March 28, he was moved to Amman, Jordan for treatment at the King Hussein Medical Center, and he was released from the hospital on April 3.[8]


  1. ^ Iraq Country Study Guide Volume 1 Strategic Information and Developments. IBP Inc. 2012. p. 93. 
  2. ^ "Who's who in Iraq's new cabinet", BBC News, May 22, 2006.
  3. ^ "Iraq deputy PM injured in blast", BBC News, March 23, 2007.
  4. ^ Waleed Ibrahim, "Iraq deputy PM in hospital after suicide attack", Reuters (Mail & Guardian Online), March 23, 2007.
  5. ^ "Suicide blast hurts Iraq deputy PM", Al Jazeera, March 23, 2007.
  6. ^ "Iraqi deputy prime minister wounded in suicide bombing", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), March 23, 2007.
  7. ^ "Iraqi deputy PM released from Jordan hospital after treatment of wounds sustained in suicide attack", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), April 3, 2007.