Mish'an al-Juburi is an
Iraqi politician and the leader of the Reconciliation and Liberation Blocwhich holds 3 seats in the Iraqi Council of Representatives. Juburi is the owner of Al-Zawraa TV. He comes from the Al-Jiburitribe which is powerful in Salahuddin Governorate.
Exile under Saddam
In 1989 Juburi was implicated in an unsuccessful assassination attempt against the then Iraqi president
Saddam Hussein. He fled to Syria, but Hussein killed almost 100 members of Juburi's family in retaliation including his brother and brother-in-law. [ [http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/stories/s918222.htm Iraq - Mosul Democracy] , " ABC News", 2003-08-05, accessed on 2007-01-31]
He founded the
Iraqi Homeland Partyin Syria and published a newspaper called the "Other Direction". He is a relative of the Iraqi Ambassador to Tunisia, Hamid al-Jabouri, who defected and sought political asylum in Britain in 1993. [http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/010212/2001021210.html Iraqi opposition issue a new weekly] , " Arabic News", 2001-12-01, accessed on 2007-01-31]
He was a member of the
Follow-Up and Arrangement Committeegrouping of Iraqi exiles.
Invasion of Iraq, Juburi took control of the city of Mosulwith the aid of Kurdish peshmerga, and took over a former palace owned by Ali Hassan al-Majid. He was recognised as a powerbroker during the selection of the first Mosul City Council in May 2003 [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3068309/site/newsweek/ Symbol of Hope] , " Newsweek", 2003-05-07, accessed on 2007-01-31]
His party, the
Reconciliation and Liberation Blocstood in the Iraqi legislative election of January 2005where it won one seat. In the subsequent December elections, it increased its representation three seats. Juburi said they supported the Iraqi insurgency, although opposed suicide bombings [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/22/AR2005112201584.html In Cairo, Clarity on Iraq] , " Washington Post", 2005-11-23, accessed on 2007-01-31] , and called for the Multinational Force in Iraqto be replaced by United Nations-led peacekeepers [ [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0501/27/i_ins.01.html Iraq's Upcoming Election] , " CNN", 2005-01-27, accessed on 2007-01-31] .
In 2005 al-Jibouri was backed by the
Sunni Arabdialogue council as their candidate for speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly, but he was vetoed by the United Iraqi Alliancedue to his personal links with Uday Hussein. [ [http://www.kurd.org/newsletters/20050404174924.html#10 Iraq's Sunnis still looking for a leader] , " United Press International", 2005-04-04, accessed on 2007-01-31]
Jabouri was among the minority of Sunni Arabs who supported the
constitution of Iraqin the referendum. [ [http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/election/2005/1012deal.htm Deal in Iraq Raises Hopes for Passage of Constitution] , " Washington Post", 2005-10-15, accessed on 2007-02-01] .
Jabouri was indicted in December 2005 with the theft of millions of dollars of government money intended to protect oil pipelines near Kirkuk against attack. The money had been given to him in 2004. He was suspected of diverting the money towards the
Iraqi insurgency. Following the indictment he fled to Syria. [ [http://healthandenergy.com/oil_dollars_fund_terrorism.htm Oil Dollars Fund the Insurgency, Iraq and U.S. Say] , " New York Times", 2006-02-05, accessed on 2007-01-31]
In an interview following the execution of the former Iraqi President
Saddam Husseinhe described Hussein as a brave martyr, and said the ones who killed him were like those who killed the second Caliphof Islam, Umar[ [http://www.memritv.org/Transcript.asp?P1=1347 Saddam's Loyalist Mish'an Al-Jabouri and Shiite Iraqi Journalist Sadeq Al-Musawi Fight on Al-Jazeera TV over Saddam's Execution] , " MEMRI", 2007-01-02, accessed on 2007-01-31] Al-Zawraa TVis a twenty four hour satellite channel broadcast by the Arabsatsatellite to an area including the Middle East and North Africa. The station's transmissions on the Egyptian-owned Nilesatsatellite network ceased in February 2007. Al Zawraa has broadcast songs eulogising Iraqi victims of "the American occupiers", has described the Iraqi insurgencyas "freedom fighters" and the Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadras a "gangster" [http://billroggio.com/archives/2006/12/muj_tv.php al-Zawraa: Muj TV] , " The Fourth Rail", 2006-12-10, accessed on 2007-01-31] [ [http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0117/p01s03-wome.html Why is Egypt airing insurgent TV from Iraq?] , " Christian Science Monitor", 2007-01-17, accessed on 2007-02-01]
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