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Barzan Ibrahim El-Hasan al-Tikriti

Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti is Saddam Hussein's half-brother, and his wife is the sister of Saddam's first wife, Sajeda Kheit Allah. However, disputes emerged between the Iraqi president and his half brother that surfaced in 1983 when Barazan was the chief of intelligence. The president removed his brother to outside the government until 1988 when Barazan became Iraq's representative at the UN in Geneva.

As the Iraqi ambassador to the UN in Geneva, he had responsibility for the regime's finances abroad. Barzan has pushed a claim to succeed Saddam against Uday and Saddam's younger son Qusay. His evident reluctance to return to Iraq at the end of 1998 put him under the spotlight of suspicion, and he has been interrogated at length by Qusay. By mid-1999 the tide had turned against Barzan as Saddam's immediate family has accused him of plotting to overthrow the regime. Those charges may have caused Barzan to briefly flee abroad before returning to Baghdad.

On 27 December 1999 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein granted high medals to his three half-brothers in their first public meeting in two years. Several medals went to Barzan Ibrahim El-Hasan al-Takriti, Iraq's former permanent delegate in the European headquarters of UN in Geneva,who was granted five bravery medals and two high medals of merit. Medals also went to Watban Ibrahim El-Hasan al-Takriti, the former minister of interior who was granted the bravery medal and the high medal of merit, and the third half-brother, Zabawi Ibrahim El-Hasan al-Takriti, was granted the bravery medal.

Barzan Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti was taken into coalition custody April 16, 2003, during a raid in Baghdad.

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