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Hamid Raja Shalah
Born 1950
Place of birth Baiji, Salah al-Din Governorate, Kingdom of Iraq
Allegiance Iraq Baathist Iraq
Service/branch Roundel of Iraq.svg Iraqi Air Force
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Iraqi Air Force
Battles/wars Iran-Iraq War
Gulf War
Iraq War

Hamid Raja, also known as Hamid Raja-Shalah Hassan al-Tikriti or Hamid Raja-Shalah Hassum al-Tikriti (born 1950 in Baiji, Salah al-Din Governorate, Iraq[1]) was a commander of the Iraqi Air Force under Saddam Hussein.

During Shalah's air force career, he served as a pilot. In the 1980s, during the Iran–Iraq War, Shalah commanded several air bases, including the Kirkuk air base. He rose to three-star rank and was appointed commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Air Force in the mid-1990s.[2]

He was reported by the United States Central Command to be in coalition custody on June 14, 2003. Prior to his capture, Shalah was number 17 (ten of spades) on the Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards.[3]


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