Abid Hamid Mahmud

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Abdul Hamid Mahmud Al-Tikriti
عبد الحميد محمود التكريتي
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Personal Secretary to the President
In office
Appointed bySaddam Hussein
Director of the Iraqi Special Security Organization
In office
Preceded byFannar Zibin Al Hasan
Succeeded byNawfal Mahjoom Al-Tikriti
Personal details
Baghdad, Iraq
Died7 June 2012 (aged 55)
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
Political partyBa'ath Party
Military service
Allegiance Baathist Iraq
Branch/serviceIraqi Army
Years of service1980–2003
RankLieutenant General
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War
Gulf War
2003 Iraq War

Lieutenant General Abid Al-Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti (/ˈæbɪd ˈhɑːmɪd mɑːxˈmd æl tɪˈkrti/ (About this soundlisten) AB-id HAH-mid mahkh-MOOD al tik-REE-tee; Arabic: عبد الحميد محمود التكريتي‎) (c. 1957 – June 7, 2012) was an Iraqi military officer under Saddam Hussein's deposed government.


Mahmud began his military career as a non-commissioned officer in the Iraqi Army. He rose through the ranks to Lieutenant General, becoming part of Saddam Hussein's personal bodyguard, and finally, his personal secretary.

A distant cousin of Saddam Hussein, observers regarded Mahmud as being Hussein's right-hand man. He always maintained constant contact with Hussein and acted as a gatekeeper, controlling access to him. He was trusted, with Saddam's son Qusay Hussein, in overseeing the Iraqi Special Security Organization.[1]

He was designated ace of diamonds in the US administrations most-wanted Iraqi playing cards and fourth on the most-wanted list after Saddam and his sons Uday and Qusay.

He was captured in a joint raid by members of B squadron Delta Force and G Squadron SAS[2] and the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, in Tikrit on June 16, 2003. At the time it was recognized as the "greatest success" since the end of major hostilities, and a sign that Saddam Hussein might soon be found.[3]

On April 29, 2008, he appeared before the Iraq Special Tribunal set up by the Iraq Interim Government and stood trial with six others including Tariq Aziz, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan and Sabbawi Ibrahim al-Hassan.[4]

On October 26, 2010, he was sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal after being found guilty of organising a crackdown against banned political parties in Iraq in the 1980s and 1990s, including assassinations and unlawful detentions.[5]

On June 7, 2012, he was executed by hanging, according to a spokesman of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice.[6]


  1. ^ "Lieutenant General Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti". June 18, 2003. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  2. ^ Urban, Mark, Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the Secret Special Forces War in Iraq , St. Martin's Griffin , 2012 ISBN 1250006961 ISBN 978-1250006967,p.17
  3. ^ Harnden, Toby (2003-06-18). "Net closing on Saddam as top aide is captured". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  4. ^ Financial Times, "Aziz on trial over Iraqi killings role", 30 Apr 2008, p. 6
  5. ^ Senior Saddam aide executed in Iraq, Financial Times, 8 June 2012
  6. ^ "Iraq executes Saddam Hussein's aide Abid Hamid Mahmud". BBC News. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-07.

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