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Lieutenant General Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti

Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti is a distant cousin of Saddam Hussein and the sheikh of both the Al-Bu-Nasir and Al-Khattab tribes.

He was Saddam Hussein's Presidential Secretary as well as the WMD Release Authority. In addition, he was, according to CENTCOM, also Saddam's senior body guard, in addition to being the National Security Advisor.

According to the British 'Dossier' "Iraq - Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation", Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti oversaw the Presidential Secretariat which reportedly had around 100 staff and was responsible for Saddam's personal security, as well as defence, security and intelligence issues.

A powerful figure in Saddam's regime, he controlled all access to Saddam (with the possible exceptions of Qusay and Uday Hussein), and also had the ability to override government decisions.

As a close assistant to Saddam Hussein, Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti also reportedly oversaw the Special Security Organization. That organization's primary task was to protect the Baath leadership in Iraq, and look out for potential signs of disloyalty in other military and security units.

Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti is also reported to have worked closely with Jamal Mustafa Abdullah Sultan al-Tikriti, one Saddam Hussein's cousin.

He was reported by CENTCOM to be under coalition custody on June 18, 2003.









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