Tahir Yahya

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Tahir Yahya
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Tahir Yahya, 1965
49th & 54th Prime Minister of Iraq
3rd & 8th Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq
In office
10 July 1967 – 17 July 1968
President Abdul Rahman Arif
Preceded by Abdul Rahman Arif
Succeeded by Abd ar-Razzaq an-Naif
In office
20 November 1963 – 6 September 1965
President Abdul Salam Arif
Preceded by Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
Succeeded by Arif Abd ar-Razzaq
Personal details
Born 1916
Died 1986
Nationality Iraqi
Political party Arab Socialist Union
Spouse(s) Ameena Rasheed
Children Zuhair, Manal, Nawal, Ibtihal, the late Ghassan, Ghezwa, and Jamal
Residence Baghdad
Religion Sunni Islam

Tahir Yahya (1916−1986) (Arabic: طاهر يحيى‎‎) was Prime Minister of Iraq twice, from 1963 to 1965 and a short term in 1967-1968. He was educated at the Baghdad Military College and the Staff College. Born in Tikrit 1916. He was the 4th child to Mulla Yahya el-ogaily, a prominent tobacco merchant between North and Central Iraq. At the age of sixteen, he joined the Baghdad Teachers College, then became a teacher in Baghdad for one year after graduation. He then pursued further education in military sciences. He was a cavalry officer and played polo for the Iraqi army. He led the Iraqi armored company in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, where he was wounded in the battle at the kibbutz of Gesher, earning two medals bestowed by Crown Prince Abd al-Ilāh.

At the end of his term, Yahya warned president Arif of the upcoming Ba'ath coup d'état and their plans to overthrow his government, but Arif did not take any action[citation needed]. This led to Yahya submitting his resignation on 8 July 1968, one week before the coup d'état took place. That same morning Yahya was arrested and Arif was deported to London.

Yahya spent three years in prison, torture, and health neglect. In 1971 he was released, only to be put under house arrest until dying in his house in Mansur, Baghdad, in 1986.

Head officer Khalid Battalion 1952

Commander of 20th Brigade 1955

General Director of Police and security Directorate July 14, 1958

Chief of staff February 8, 1963

Minister of Defense, Interim 1964

Political offices
Preceded by
Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
Prime Minister of Iraq
Succeeded by
Arif Abd ar-Razzaq
Preceded by
Abdul Rahman Arif
Prime Minister of Iraq
Succeeded by
Abd ar-Razzaq an-Naif