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Sabah al-Fatlawi
Fatlawi in 2010.
Native name صباح الفتلاوي
Allegiance  Iraq
Service/branch Iraqi Special Operations Forces
Rank Lt. Gen.
Commands held Samarra Special Forces Command
Battles/wars 2014 Northern Iraq offensive

Lt. General Sabah al-Fatlawi is an Iraqi military commander. He is currently the Chief Commander of the Samarra Special Forces Command.


In 2010 Fatlawi, then a Major General, was the Chief of Police for Dhi Qar province.[1]

In October 2012 the interior minsitry announced plans to transfer Fatlawi to the Samarra Special Forces command, and on 26 November 2012 Fatlawi took over the leadership of the Samarra Special Forces Command from Gen. Rasheed Folayih, who was transferred to Baghdad.[2]

2014 Northern Iraq Offensive

As of June 2014 Fatlawi was still serving as the lead commander of Samarra Special Forces Command, and was involved in directing Iraqi government forces during the 2014 Northern Iraq offensive.[3] Under his command Iraqi special forces, backed by airstrikes, pushed back an ISIS attack on Samarra, leading ISIS forces to bypass the city on their press towards Baghdad.[4]

Personal life

On 7 April 2014 Fatlawi announced his intention to sue an MP from the Sadrist Ahrar Bloc for incitement and defamation. The MP had accused Fatlawi of being a Ba'athist.[5]

Fatlawi is the brother of Hanan Saeed Mohsin Fatlawi; an MP and a member of the State of Law Coalition.[6]

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