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Abid Hamid Mahmud Al-Tikriti
عبد الحميد محمود التكريتي
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Personal Secretary to the President
In office
Appointed by Saddam Hussein
Director of the Iraqi Special Security Organization
In office
Preceded by Fannar Zibin Al Hasan
Succeeded by Nawfal Mahjoom Al-Tikriti
Personal details
Born 21 September 1957
Baghdad, Iraq
Died 7 June 2012 (aged 54)
Cause of death Execution by hanging
Political party Ba'ath Party
Military service
Allegiance Ba'athist Iraq
Branch/service Iraqi Army
Years of service 1980–2003
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War
Gulf War
2003 Iraq War

Lieutenant General Abid Al-Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti ( ab-ID-_-HAH-mid-_-mahkh; Arabic: عبد الحميد محمود التكريتي) (21 September 1957 – 7 June 2012) was an Iraqi military officer and Saddam Hussein's personal secretary.


Mahmud began his military career as a non-commissioned officer in the Iraqi Army. He rose through the ranks to Lieutenant General, becoming part of Saddam Hussein's personal bodyguard, and finally, his personal secretary.

A distant cousin of Saddam Hussein, observers regarded Mahmud as being Hussein's right-hand man. He always maintained constant contact with Hussein and acted as a gatekeeper, controlling access to him. He was trusted, along with Saddam's son Qusay Hussein, in overseeing the Iraqi Special Security Organization.

He was captured in a joint raid by members of B Squadron Delta Force and G Squadron SAS and the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, in Tikrit on 16 June 2003. At the time it was recognized as the "greatest success" since the end of major hostilities, and a sign that Saddam Hussein might soon be found.

On 29 April 2008, he appeared before the Iraq Special Tribunal set up by the Iraq Interim Government and stood trial with six others including Tariq Aziz, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan and Sabbawi Ibrahim al-Hassan.

On 26 October 2010, he was sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal after being found guilty of crimes against humanity.

On 7 June 2012, he was executed by hanging.

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