Tahir Yahya

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Tahir Yahya
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Tahir Yahya, 1965
26th Prime Minister of Iraq
3rd & 8th Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq
In office
10 July 1967 – 17 July 1968
PresidentAbdul Rahman Arif
Preceded byAbdul Rahman Arif
Succeeded byAbd ar-Razzaq an-Naif
In office
20 November 1963 – 6 September 1965
PresidentAbdul Salam Arif
Preceded byAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
Succeeded byArif Abd ar-Razzaq
Personal details
Political partyArab Socialist Union
Spouse(s)Ameena Rasheed
ChildrenZuhair, Manal, Nawal, Ibtihal, the late Ghassan, Ghezwa, and Jamal

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 where he was wounded in the battle at the Kfar Masaryk , earning two medals bestowed by Crown Prince Abd al-Ilāh.

In November 1963 he was appointed as Prime Minister by President Abdul Salam Arif.[1]

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. [2][failed verification] 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


  1. ^ Chapin Metz, Helen, ed. (1988). "Coups, Coup Attempts, and Foreign Policy". Iraq: A Country Study. GPO for the Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Ba'athists now put Iraq first." The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/1968/jul/18/iraq.davidhirst.
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