Tahir Yahya

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Tahir Yahya
طاهر يحيى
Yahya in 1963
Prime Minister of Iraq
In office
10 July 1967 – 17 July 1968
PresidentAbdul Rahman Arif
Preceded byAbdul Rahman Arif
Succeeded byAbd ar-Razzaq an-Naif
In office
20 November 1963 – 6 September 1965
PresidentAbdul Salam Arif
Preceded byAhmed Hassan al-Bakr
Succeeded byArif Abd ar-Razzaq
Personal details
Tikrit, Ottoman Empire
Died1986 (aged 69–70)
Mansour district, Baghdad, Ba'athist Iraq
Political partyArab Socialist Union
SpouseAmeena Rasheed
ChildrenZuhair, Manal, Nawal, Ibtihal, the late Ghassan, Ghezwa, and Jamal
ProfessionMilitary officer
Military service
Allegiance Iraq
Branch/service Iraqi Army
Years of service1946-1968
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/warsFirst Arab-Israeli War

14 July Revolution

Six Day War

Tahir Yahya (Arabic: طاهر يحيى;‎ 1916 – 1986) was Prime Minister of Iraq twice, from 1963 to 1965 and a short term in 1967 to 1968. He was educated at the Baghdad Military College and the Staff College. Born in Tikrit 1916, he was the 4th child to Mulla Yahya el-ogaily, a prominent tobacco merchant between North and Central Iraq. At the age of sixteen, he joined the Baghdad Teachers College, then became a teacher in Baghdad for one year after graduation. He then pursued further education in military sciences. He was a cavalry officer and played polo for the Iraqi army. He led the Iraqi armored company where he was wounded in the battle at the Kfar Masaryk , earning two medals bestowed by Crown Prince Abd al-Ilāh.

In November 1963 he was appointed as Prime Minister by President Abdul Salam Arif.[1]

At the end of his term, Yahya warned president Arif of the upcoming Ba'ath coup d'état and their plans to overthrow his government, but Arif did not take any action.[2][failed verification] This led to Yahya submitting his resignation on 8 July 1968, one week before the coup d'état took place. That same morning Yahya was arrested and Arif was deported to London.

Yahya spent three years in prison, torture, and health neglect. In 1971 he was released, only to be put under house arrest until dying in his house in Mansur, Baghdad, in 1986.


  1. ^ Chapin Metz, Helen, ed. (1988). "Coups, Coup Attempts, and Foreign Policy". Iraq: A Country Study. GPO for the Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Ba'athists now put Iraq first". the Guardian. 1968-07-18. Retrieved 2022-12-01.

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Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Iraq
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