Baghdad University

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Group.png Baghdad University  
University of Baghdad official seal.png
Mottoوقل رب زدني علما
TypePublic university
An assassination campaign tried to eliminate its top academics

The University of Baghdad (UOB) (Jāmi'at Baghdād) is the largest university in Iraq and the second largest in the Arab world, behind the University of Cairo.[1] Being a intellectually lively place in the 1970s, it experienced a distinct chill during the Saddam Hussein years, before suffering a large brain drain during the 1990s sanctions and covert warfare, the 2003 Iraq War and the following occupation.

Targeted Killings

In the decade following the 2003 US occupation, several dozens of the university's people were assassinated or forced to flee the country, as part of an attempt to eradicate the intellectual and scientific base in the Arab country.[2][3][4][5] Likely suspects include Mossad and the CIA.

The more than 300 killings nationwide led to an exodus of engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians. "There is a kind of campaign to make physicians leave the country," an official at the Iraqi Ministry of Education stated.


Alumni on Wikispooks

İhsan Doğramacı3 April 191525 February 2010TurkeyAcademic
Turkish doctor and university administrator
Issam Sartawi193510 April 1983Diplomat
Abdurrahman Wahid7 September 194030 December 2009Politician
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi1968Iraq
The purported source of the lies about Saddam Hussein's WMDs.