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Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti (Arabic: سبعاوي إبراهيم التكريتي‎), half brother of Saddam Hussein (27 February 1947 – 8 July 2013), 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.

Sabawi Ibrahim al-Tikriti
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, Republic of Iraq[1]
Political partyArab Socialist Ba'ath Party
ChildrenAyman Sabawi Ibrahim
Bashar Sabawi Ibrahim
Ibrahim Sabawi Ibrahim
Omar Sabawi Ibrahim
Sa'd Sabawi Ibrahim
Yasir Sabawi Ibrahim[2]
OccupationIntelligence officer

As of 27 February 2005, the date news of his arrest was made public, he held the six of Diamonds position in the most-wanted Iraqi playing cards, and was number 36 on 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 regime, and a one million dollar reward was offered for information that led to either his capture or death.

Syria turned him over to Iraqi forces after his capture. The Iraqi troops in turn turned him over to U.S. forces.[4] Syria has been repeatedly charged with protecting former Iraqi officials, a charge which the Syrian government has always denied.

In March 2009, Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging. 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 Ibrahim al-Tikriti died from cancer.

His son, Ayman Sabawi Ibrahim, was also arrested by the US and was serving a life sentence until his escape from prison on 9 December 2006. His brother Watban Ibrahim al-Tikriti was also sentenced to death. 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.