Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti

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Sabawi Ibrahim
سبعاوي إبراهيم
Head of the Directorate of General Security
In office
Preceded byAbdul Rahman al-Douri
Succeeded byTaha Abbas al-Ahbabi
Director of the Intelligence Service
In office
Preceded byFadhil al-Barak
Succeeded byAli Hassan al-Majid
Personal details
Born27 February 1947
Tikrit, Kingdom of Iraq
Died8 July 2013 (aged 66)
Baghdad, Iraq[1]
Political partyArab Socialist Ba'ath Party
RelationsBarzan (brother)
Watban (brother)
Daham (half-brother)
Saddam (half-brother)
Khairallah (uncle and father-in-law)
Abd al-Latif (uncle)
Badra (aunt)
Rafi (cousin)
Hani (cousin)
Parent(s)Ibrahim al-Hassan
Subha Talfah
OccupationIntelligence officer

Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti (Arabic: سبعاوي إبراهيم التكريتي; 27 February 1947 – 8 July 2013), half-brother of Saddam Hussein, was the leader of the Iraqi secret service, the Mukhabarat, at the time of the 1991 Gulf War. He was the head of the Directorate of General Security from 1991 to 1996, and later served as a presidential advisor to Hussein.

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition, Sabawi went into hiding. On 27 February 2005, his arrest was made public. Sabawi was the "six of Diamonds" in the US deck of most-wanted Iraqi playing cards, and number 36 of the top 55 most-wanted Iraqis list.[3] He was suspected of being behind explosions and killings that took place after the collapse of the former Iraqi regime, and a one-million dollar reward was offered for information leading to his capture or death. Syria had captured Sawabi and turned him over to Iraqi forces, who in turn handed him over to U.S. forces.[4] Syria was repeatedly accused of protecting former Iraqi officials, a charge the Syrian government consistently denied.

In March 2009, Sabawi was sentenced to death by hanging by a court in Baghdad. As his death sentence was read out, he stood up and proclaimed "God is great" and that he was proud to be a martyr.[5] On 8 July 2013, Sabawi died of cancer.

His son, Ayman, also arrested by the U.S., was serving a life sentence when he escaped from prison on 9 December 2006. One of Ibrahim's brothers, Watban Ibrahim al-Tikriti, was also sentenced to death, while his other brother, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, was executed in 2007.


  1. ^ "Saddam Hussein's half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, dies of cancer: justice ministry". ABC News. ABC. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Treasury Designates Saddam Hussein's Nephews". United States Department of the Treasury. 21 July 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Saddam's half-brother dies of cancer". CNN. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Saddam half-brothers to be executed within a month". The Express Tribune. AFP. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Tariq Aziz guilty of Iraq murders". BBC News. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2019.