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Bariq Abdullah Hontaa

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Champion of Qadisiyah
Major General

Bariq Abdullah Hontaa
بارق عبد الله الحاج حنطة
File:Bariq Alhajj Hontaa 1990.png
Commander of the Iraqi Special Forces
In office
6 January 1989 – 4 April 1991
Personal details
بارق عبد الله الحاج حنطة
Bariq Abdullah al-Hajj Hontaa al Zubaidi

(1950-03-03) 3 March 1950 (age 74)
Al Suwaira, Kingdom of Iraq
Died4 April 1991(1991-04-04) (aged 40–41)
Baghdad, Iraq
Resting placeMada'in Cemetery
Citizenship Iraq
Political partyIraqi Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Military service
Nickname(s)Champion of Qadisiyah
Hajj Bariq
Allegiance Iraq
Branch/service Iraqi Army
Army Special Forces
Years of service1970–1991
Rank Major General

Major General Bariq Abdullah al-Hajj Hontaa al-Zubaidi was appointed as the commander of the Iraqi Special Forces Brigade from 1985 until his execution in 1991. The name of Bariq al-Hajj Hontaa emerged during his leadership of one of the regiments of the 31st Brigade and then his leadership of the 66th Special Forces Brigade in the first Gulf War, especially during the operations of the crown of battles and the Liberation of Al-Faw Peninsula until the end of the war, after the Iran-Iraq War, Hontaa became commander of the Special Forces Division of the Gulf Forces Command.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on March 3, 1950 in Wasit Governorate - Essaouira District , and his lineage goes back to the Arab Zabid tribe.

Military biography[edit]

  • Graduated from the first military college, 49th class
  • Graduated from the Iraqi Military Staff College
  • Graduated from the Iraqi Special Forces School

Operational History[edit]

  • October War of 1973
  • Lebanese civil war
  • Eritrean War of Independence as a military advisor
  • The Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)
  • The occupation of Kuwait (1990)
  • The Second Gulf War (1991)

Military Commands[edit]

  • Commander of the 66th Special Forces Brigade
  • Commander of the 2nd Brigade , Republican Guard
  • Commander of the Oil Protection Forces
  • Commander of the Iraqi Special Forces
  • Assistant Chief of Staff of the Arab Gulf Forces in Kuwait .


A number of researchers and academics, Hussein Kamel was accused of ordering the executions of a number of generals such as Bariq Abdullah Hontaa. They were killed after a heated argument between him and Bariq and his group, which made Saddam Hussein hate Hussein Kamel, especially after the successes that Bariq had commanded as well as he was the titular Champion of Qadisiyah. The dead officers were considered martyrs of the first degree in the eyes of the Ba'ath Party elite, General Hontaa was buried in the cemetery of the Mada’in district, and his tomb is still standing there.

See also[edit]

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