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Adnan al-Dulaimi, landmark Sunni figure, dies at 85 in Erbil

Adnan al-Dulaimi

Iraqi prominent politician Adnan al-Dulaimi died on Wednesday at the age 85 in Erbil, according to a well informed source.

In a press statement, the source asserted that the lawmaker and former head of the Sunni Endowment died on Wednesday morning in Erbil.

Adnan al-Dulaimi, who was born at Anbar governorate in 1932, worked as an Islamic studies professor at Baghdad University, but soon after the fall of Saddam Hussein he became head of the Sunni Endowment (Diwan al-Waqf al-Sunni).

He was a leader of the General Council for the People of Iraq, a component of the Iraqi Accord Front (IAF). إYet he has been a leading Sunni Arab politician since the fall of Saddam Hussein and has often been at odds with the country's Shiite-led government.

Dulaimi has survived multiple assassination attempts. A February 22, 2006 attack on his car killed one bodyguard and wounded five others. After the attack, Dulaimi called for restraint. “I don’t accuse anyone. ... I consider it accidental, and I call on my brothers for self-restraint and to contain what happened because Iraq is bigger than Adnan and his guards,” Dulaimi said.

In 2007, he complained about forced displacement and sectarian killings in the Al-Adel district of western Baghdad which had been relayed by Sheikh Jalal al-Din Ali al-Saghir, a Shi'ite imam and member of the parliament from a neighboring area. Parliament asked for Dulaimi's immunity to be lifted.

Last Modified: Wednesday، 03 May 2017 03:22 PM