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Staff Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi (Arabic: عبد الوهاب الساعدي) is the second-in-command of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (ICTS). He has been the overall operation's commander of Iraqi government forces in Battle of Baiji (2014–15), Second Battle of Tikrit, and Third Battle of Fallujah (2016), the Hawija offensive (2017) in the war against ISIL.
عبد الوهاب الساعدي
|Born||Al-Thawra District, Baghdad, Iraq|
|Service/||Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service|
In September 2019, al-Saadi was removed from his office as second-in-command of ICTS by then Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and transferred to work in the Ministry of Defense, without mentioning the reasons for the decision. Al-Saadi said that the decision was at the request of the head of the Counter-Terrorism Agency, General Talib Shaghati and that it was considered "Insulting to him and his military history." Many politicians, media and activists considered the decision unfair. This sparked a new wave of protests that escalated into street clashes that resulted in dozens of deaths.
Al-Saad graduated from the University of Mosul in Northern Iraq with a bachelor's degree in physics. He then graduated from the Iraqi Military College with a rank of lieutenant, then graduated from the Iraqi Military Joint Staff College in 1996.
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