- Aqila al-Hashimi
Aqila al-Hashimi (Arabic عقيلة الهاشمي "cAqīla al-Hāshimī";
1953- September 25, 2003) was an Iraqi politician who served on the Iraqi Governing Council.
Aqila al-Hashimi was born in 1953 into a prominent
Shi'itereligious family in Najaf. She gained a degree in Law in Iraq and a doctorate in French Literature at the Sorbonne.
She joined the Foreign Ministry in 1979 working as a French translator for
Tariq Aziz. Al-Hashimi ran the oil for foodprogramme [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/09/26/db2603.xml Aqila al-Hashimi] , " Daily Telegraph", 2003-09-26] in the Foreign Ministry under Saddam Hussein.
She was one of only three women on the IGC and the only member of the former regime to have been on the Council. She had been expected to become Iraq's new Ambassodor to the
United Nations[ [http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D318C6A8-EF73-4B09-8FE2-F964A11DEAA3.htm Iraqi council member dies from wounds] , .. Aljazeera.net", 2003-09-25]
She died of abdomen wounds suffered five days earlier when her convoy was ambushed by six men in a pickup truck near her home in western Baghdad. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3131424.stm Shot Iraq council member dies] , "
BBC", 2003-09-25] The killing was blamed on supporters of the former president, Saddam Hussein.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/2003_30_mon_02.shtml Interview] with the
BBC's Woman's Hour
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