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Abdullah Sallum al-Samarra'i

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Abdullah Sallum al-Samarra'i
Minister of State
In office
31 December 1969 – 15 May 1972
Prime MinisterAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
Minister of Culture and Information
In office
30 July 1968 – 31 December 1969
Prime MinisterAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
Preceded byTaha Haj Elias
Succeeded byHamid Alwan al-Juburi
Member of the Revolutionary Command Council
In office
November 1969 – 1970
Member of the Regional Command of the Iraqi Regional Branch
In office
Personal details
Samarra, Kingdom of Iraq
Died1996 (aged 63–64)
Political partyIraqi Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party

Abdullah Sallum al-Samarra'i (Arabic: عبد الله سلوم السامرائي‎; 1932–1996) was an Iraqi Ba'athist politician and leading member of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party in Iraq. He was a member of the Regional Command from 1964 to 1970, when he was expelled.


He was born in the city of Samarra[1] in 1932 to a lower middle class family. He graduated from Baghdad University with a B.A. and an M.A. in Islamic history. Early on he was an active member of the Independence Party, but became a member of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party in Iraq in 1956.[2] He was an associate of Saddam Hussein since the 1950s.[3]

al-Samarra'i was one of the leading members of the Ba'ath Party following its November 1963 ousting from power,[4] and became a member of the Iraqi Regional Command in 1964.[2] At the 1969 Regional Congress of the Ba'ath Party in Iraq al-Samarra'i was re-elected as a member of the Iraqi Regional Command,[5] and appointed to a seat in the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC).[6] However, shortly after he was demoted from his post as Minister of Culture and Information to become Minister of State. The following year, in March 1970, al-Samara'i was removed from his seat in the RCC[7] and the Iraqi Regional Command and became the Iraqi Ambassador to India.[8] Al-Samarra'i was the first victim in a purge against the civilian wing of the party by Hussein.[9]



  1. ^ Hashim 2005, p. 127.
  2. ^ a b Ghareeb & Dougherty 2004, p. 208.
  3. ^ Coughlin 2003, p. 224.
  4. ^ Sluglett & Farouk-Sluglett 2001, p. 110.
  5. ^ Sluglett & Farouk-Sluglett 2001, p. 120.
  6. ^ Ghareeb & Dougherty 2004, pp. 385–386.
  7. ^ Sluglett & Farouk-Sluglett 2001, p. 136.
  8. ^ Sluglett & Farouk-Sluglett 2001, p. 135.
  9. ^ Karsh & Rautsi 1991, p. 50.


  • Coughlin, Con (2003). Saddam: King of Terror. Thorndike Press. ISBN 978-0-7862-5775-1.CS1 maint: ref duplicates default (link)
  • Ghareeb, Edmund; Dougherty, Beth (2004). Historical dictionary of Iraq. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-4330-1.
  • Hashim, Ahmed (2005). Insurgency and Counter-insurgency in Iraq. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-4452-4.
  • Karsh, Efraim; Rautsi, Inari (1991). Saddam Hussein: a Political Biography. Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-3978-8.
  • Farouk-Sluglett, Marion; Sluglett, Peter (2001). Iraq Since 1958: From Revolution to Dictatorship. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-86064-622-5.
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