Fadhil Jalil al-Barwari

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Fadhil Jalil al-Barwari
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Barwari in 2009
Native name فاضل جليل البرواري
Born 1966 (age 51–52)
Dohuk, Iraq
Allegiance Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga (1980s–2003)
 Iraq (2003–present)
Service/branch ISOF
Years of service 1980s – present
Rank Major General
Commands held Counter Terrorism Bureau

Iraq War

Major-General Fadhil Jamil al-Barwari (born 1966) is an Iraqi military commander and the head of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Bureau.


He is a Kurd[1] and was born in 1966 in the Iraqi province of Dohuk, an area primarily inhabited by Kurds. In his late teens, he joined the Peshmerga, a Kurdish resistance movement that opposed the Ba'athist government. Prior to joining the Iraqi Army in 2004, he was still in the Peshmerga.

He joined the Iraqi Army in 2004 after the invasion. He quickly rose through the ranks of the military ladder, becoming the commanding officer of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF), an elite special forces detachment trained by the United States Army's Special Forces and equipped with American weaponry. In this capacity he has been directing Iraqi special forces in the 2014 Anbar campaign.[2]

In November 2017, two former DynCorp workers testified in an Alexandria, Virginia federal court that they were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by al-Barwari to arrange an overpriced lease of land the general owned near the Baghdad airport starting in 2011. [3]

See also


  1. ^ Shanker, Thom (20 February 2006). "Elite Iraqi Unit Seeks Footing as It Fills U.S. Boots". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Al-Qaeda leader killed with 31 other al-Qaeda elements in Anbar – MG Fadhil Barwari". Iraqi News. Baghdad. 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/iraqi-general-helped-cheat-us-government-contractors-involved-in-scheme-say-1.499861

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