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Most wanted Iraqi playing cards

In the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition, the U.S. developed a set of playing cards to help troops identify the most wanted members of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime. These were officially named the "personality identification playing cards".

Each card contains the member's name, a picture, and the job performed by that individual, and are ranked in order of who was most wanted (with the ace being the highest). The ace of spades is Saddam Hussein. The ace of hearts is his son Uday, the ace of clubs is Saddam's son Qusay, and the ace of diamonds is the Saddam's presidential secretary, Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti[?].

Since soldiers often play card games in their leisure time, U.S. military leaders decided that putting information on playing cards would be a more effective to get information to coalition troops than just distributing an information bulletin.

Texas-based Liberty Playing Card Co. first manufactured the cards for wider distribution. The U.S. military inadvertently included in the jokers the trademarked Hoyle joker owned by The United States Playing Card Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Although The U.S. Playing Card company does not object to the government's use of the image, they do object to other companies using the trademarked image. Thus, in some sense, the U.S. military inadvertently granted The U.S. Playing Card Company exclusive rights to manufacture the authentic decks, if the trademarked images on the jokers are considered a requirement for being authentic.

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  • Ace ♠: Saddam Hussein, president.
  • King ♠: Ali Hassan al-Majid, presidential adviser/Revolutionary Command Council member.
  • Queens ♠: Muhammad Hamza Zubaydi, retired RCC member.
  • Jack ♠: Ibrahim Ahmad Abd al-Sattar Muhammad, Iraqi armed forces chief of staff.
  • Ten ♠: Hamid Raja Shalah, Air Force commander.
  • Nine ♠: Rukan Razuki Abd al-Ghafar, head of tribal affairs office.
  • Eight ♠: Tariq Aziz, deputy prime minister.
  • Seven ♠: Mahmoud Diab al-Ahmed, minister of interior.
  • Six ♠: Amer Rashid Muhammad, presidential adviser/former oil minister.
  • Five ♠: Watban Ibrahim Hasan, presidential adviser.
  • Four ♠: Muhammad Zimam Abd al-Razzaq, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Three ♠: Sa'd Abdul-Majid al-Faisal, Baath Party Regional command chairman.
  • Two ♠: Rashid Taan Kazim, Baath Party regional chairman.


  • Ace ♣: Qusay Hussein, Hussein's son.
  • King ♣: Izzat Ibrahim, RCC vice chairman
  • Queens ♣: Kamal Mustafa Abdallah, secretary of the Republican Guard.
  • Jack ♣: Sayf Al-Din Fulayyih Hasan Taha, Republican Guard chief of staff.
  • Ten ♣: Latif Nusayyif Jasim, Baath Party military bureau deputy chairman.
  • Nine ♣: Jamal Mustafa Abdallah, deputy head of tribal affairs.
  • Eight ♣: Walid Hamid Tawfiq, governor of Basra.
  • Seven ♣: Ayad Futayyih Khalifa, Quds forces chief of staff.
  • Six ♣: Hossam Mohammed Amin, head of National Monitoring Directorate.
  • Five ♣: Barzan Ibrahim Hasan, presidential adviser.
  • Four ♣: Samir Abd al-Aziz, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Three ♣: Sayf al-Din, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Two ♣: Ugla Abid Saqr, Baath Party regional chairman.


  • Ace : Abid Hamid Mahmud, presidential secretary.
  • King : Aziz Salih, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Queen : Muzahim S'ab Hasan, air defense forces commander.
  • Jack : Tahir Jalil Habbush, intelligence service.
  • Ten : Taha Yassin Ramadan, vice president/RCC member.
  • Nine : Taha Muhie-eldin Marouf, vice president/RCC member.
  • Eight : Himat Mizaban Ibrahim, deputy prime minister and finance minister.
  • Seven : Amir Hamudi Hasan, presidential scientific adviser.
  • Six : Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan, presidential adviser.
  • Five : Abd al-Baqi Abd al-Karim Abdallah, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Four : Yahya Abdallah, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Three : Mushin Khadr, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Two : Adil Abdallah Mahdi, Baath Party regional command chairman.


  • Ace : Uday Hussein, Hussein's son.
  • King : Hami Abd al-Latif Tilfah, special security organization.
  • Queen : Barzan Abd al-Ghafur Sulayman Majid, Special Republican Guard commander.
  • Jack : Rafi Abd al-Latif Tilfah, director of general security.
  • Ten : Abdel Tawab Mullah Huweish, deputy prime minister.
  • Nine : Mizban Khadr Hadi, RCC member.
  • Eight : Sultan Hashim Ahmed, minister of defense.
  • Seven : Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar, director of military intelligence.
  • Six : Muhammad Mahdi, minister of trade.
  • Five : Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, weapons of mass destruction scientist.
  • Four : Humman Abd al-Khaliq Abd, minister of higher education and scientific research.
  • Three : Fadil Mahmud Gharib, Baath Party regional command chairman.
  • Two : Ghazi Hammud, Baath Party regional command chairman.

Other There are also two jokers: one lists Arab titles, the other Iraqi military ranks.

See also: U.S. list of most wanted Iraqis

The Hoyle joker image is a trademark of the U.S. Playing Card Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, and its image is shown here to illustrate the entire official set. Its presentation here does not indicate any endorsement by the company.


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