Abboud Qanbar

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Abboud Qanbar, also called Abu Haidar, is a lieutenant general in the Iraqi Army. He is the head of security in Baghdad. Some news articles list him as a major general. A Shi'a who was formerly an inspector general in Saddam's army, he is distantly related to Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki.

He was the lead Iraqi officer in the Surge. Since U.S. combat troops left Baghdad in July 2009, he told Reuters in an interview, he has not had to call on them for assistance.[1] He also announced, in August, that blast barriers along the streets of Baghdad would be removed, although there were a rash of bombings shortly after the announcement. [2]

During the Surge, his U.S. adviser, COL Bob Newman, coupled with the assistant division commander for operations of Multi-National Division Baghdad, BG John F. Campbell. Much of Campbell's efforts were spent stimulating the Iraqi chain of command. Forces were orgabnized into the Karkh Area Command (KAC) on the west side of the Tigris, and Rusafa Area Command on the east side. KAC was led by Iraqi Police MG Wajih Hameed with Army MG Abdul Ameer Yarella as his deputy, while RAC was led by an Army MG, Jalal Tawfiq, with police MG Abdul Karim as his deputy. [3]


  1. Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed (20 July 2009), "INTERVIEW-Baghdad commander says has not needed US troops", Reuters
  2. "Iraqi worries grow as blast walls vanish", Dawn (Pakistan), 16 August 2009
  3. Linda Robinson (2007), Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way out of Iraq, Public Affairs, ISBN 9781586485283, pp. 125-126