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Saddam Hussein-era top commander dies of stroke in Iraqi prison

Ayad Futayyih Al-Rawi


A top Saddam Hussein-era military commander died from a stroke on Friday, well-informed sources told the Baghdad Post


Eyad Fiteh al-Rawi, chief of staff of the Quds Force, a volunteer army established in early 2001 died in Yarmouk hospital after suffering a stroke.

Al-Rawi, 76, was serving his sentence in the military prison in Baghdad after being arrested on June 4, 2003 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008 for his role in suppressing the 1991 uprising.

He began his service in the army as an officer in an armored unit, where he later fought in the Iran-Iraq war. He received many medals for his military accomplishments.