Arif Abd ar-Razzaq

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Arif Abd ar-Razzaq
عارف عبد الرزاق
Arif in 1966
Prime Minister of Iraq
In office
6 September 1965 – 21 September 1965
PresidentAbdul Salam Arif
Preceded byTahir Yahya
Succeeded byAbd ar-Rahman al-Bazzaz
Minister of Agriculture
In office
November 1963 – March 1964
Prime MinisterTahir Yahya
Personal details
Kubaysah, Kingdom of Iraq
Died30 March 2007 (aged 86)
Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Political party Arab Socialist Union
Arab Nationalist Movement
ChildrenRafi Razzak
ProfessionCombat pilot
Military service
Allegiance Iraq
Branch/service Air Force
Years of service1939–1967
Rank Brigadier
CommandsCommander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Air Force
Battles/warsWorld War II
1948 Arab-Israeli War
1967 Six Day War

Arif Abd ar-Razzaq (1921 – 30 March 2007; Arabic: عارف عبد الرزاق) was Prime Minister of Iraq for 11 days in September 1965. On September 17 he fled to Egypt, after participating in a failed coup d'état against President Abdul Salam Arif. On 12 June 1966 he led another unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the new government of Premier Abd ar-Rahman al-Bazzaz and President Abdul Rahman Arif.[1]

The Man of Coups in Iraq[edit]

He participated in most of the coups which occurred in Iraq during his military service:

  1. The 14th of July 1958 coup Although he was the pilot of the royal family at that time.
  2. Ramadan Revolution 1963
  3. November 1963 Iraqi coup d'état. From November 1963 until March 1964 he was Minister of Agriculture for Iraq. From March 1964 until July 1965 he was Commander of the Air Forces.[2]
  4. Arif Abd ar-Razzaq first coup 1965
  5. Arif Abd ar-Razzaq second coup 1966 which was foiled in Mosul by Khaleel Jassim and Kareem Shindana.


  1. ^ David Lea, A Political Chronology of the Middle East, Europa Publications Limited, 2001, page 73
  2. ^ 'Who's Who in the Middle East and North Africa', The Middle East and North Africa 1965-66, Europa Publications Limited, 1965, p.723.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Iraq
Succeeded by