Former Iraqi PM al-Zubaydi dies at 67
Updated: 2005-12-06 09:07
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaydi, one of the top Saddam
Hussein-era leaders captured in Iraq, has died at a U.S. military hospital in
Baghdad, the American military said Monday. He was 67.
Al-Zubaydi, a Shiite Muslim, died Friday after being transferred to U.S.
344th Corps Support Hospital when he began "complaining of chest pains," said
Lt. Col. Guy Rudisill.
Rudisill said it appeared al-Zubaydi died of cardiac arrest, but an autopsy
was expected before his body is transferred to his family.
Al-Zubaydi was on the list of 55 most wanted members of Saddam's toppled
regime and served as a Revolutionary Command Council member. He led Saddam's
forces in the central third of Iraq during the initial stages of the 2003
In this image cleared by the US military,
Muhammed Hamza al-Zubaydi, retired Iraqi revolutionary command council
member, appears in a courtroom at Camp Victory, a former Saddam palace on
the outskirts of Baghdad, Thursday, July 1, 2004.
Iraqi forces captured him on April 20, 2003, in Hillah, about 60 miles south
of Baghdad, without a shot being fired.
Al-Zubaydi was a leading member of Saddam's once-ruling Baath Party and
expected to face the special tribunal currently hearing war crimes charges
against the former Iraqi president and his other detained government members.
Al-Zubaydi led the suppression of a Shiite uprising in southern Iraq
following Iraq's defeat in the 1991 U.S.-led Gulf War that freed Kuwait from a
seven-month Iraqi occupation.
He also oversaw the destruction of Iraq's southern marshes from 1992-98,
being videotaped telling army generals to "wipe out" Marsh Arab tribes.
He was also in charge of Iraqi forces in Kirkuk during the 1980-88 Iraq- Iran
war. He was believed to have been instrumental in the suppression of Iraqi Kurds
during that time, including the 1988 Anfal campaign, in which 182,000 Kurds were