Lt. Gen. Abdul Qadir Mohammed Jassim Obeidi al-Mifarji'
() was the Defence Minister of Iraq
in the Council of Ministers
of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
from 2006 to 2010. He was not reappointed in the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved on 21 December 2010; as a result, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is the acting defence minister.
He was born in Ramadi
and is a Sunni Arab
former general in the army of Saddam Hussein
. He told the Council of Representatives
that he had been demoted after opposing the 1990 invasion of Kuwait
and was sentenced to seven years jail in 1994. In 2003, he joined the new Iraqi army, serving first as the commander of the operations room and then commander of military operations in western Iraq. Prior to his appointment as Minister on 8 June 2006, he was commander of the infantry commando units.
During his confirmation hearing in the Council of Representatives one Assembly member accused him of being a "war criminal in a military campaign against the city of Fallujah
He is not affiliated with any political party but his appointment was strongly backed by the Sunni Arab
-led Iraqi Accord Front
In March 2007 he said that "corruption and militias inhabit the halls" of the Defense Ministry, "fictitious employees" were "rampant" and he is pressured to restructure his ministry along the lines of power-sharing deals.
In October 2008 he announced that all soldiers and other employees of the Ministry would be forbidden... Read More