The General served as the Commander of the 2nd Iraqi Army (IA) Battalion and then as Commander of the 1st IA Infantry Brigade and as Commander of the 6th Division from August 2003 to August 2006.
Since September 2006, he has served in a variety of positions in the United States, teaching an assortment of subjects to Military and Government officials. He has lectured on topics such as politics, sphere of influence, Iraqi culture, and counterinsurgency. His audiences have included the U.S. Air Force War College (Maxwell AFB), a Joint Flag Officer Forum within the Department of Defense (Pentagon), the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) at Fort Leavenworth, and he has conducted Senior Leader Seminars at Fort Campbell (101st ABN DIV CMD and Staff), Fort Hood (4th ID CMD and Staff), Fort Stewart (3rd ID CMD and Staff), and Fort Riley (1st ID CMD and Staff), the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California and the Naval War College in Rhode Island. Most recently, The General provided cultural and counter-insurgency training to U.S. Military brigades bound for Iraq and Afghanistan at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
During his tenure as a battalion and brigade commander in Baghdad, the General aggressively fought the insurgency with valor and distinction earning him the utmost respect of his U.S. and Iraqi counterparts and notoriety amongst his adversaries. His battalion was the first in the new Iraqi Army to be an independent battlespace owner, quickly quieting the highly contested Haifa Street area of Baghdad. He also led multiple successful rescue operations, ultimately freeing 16 Iraqi officials and two western hostages (one American, one Australian). His professionalism and the competence of the units he commanded helped to engender an early relationship of trust between the then fledgling Iraqi military and U.S. Military leaders at all levels.
Born in Baghdad, The General's education includes graduation from the First Military Academy (Baghdad) in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) of General Military Studies. In 1993 he graduated again with honors from the Staff Air Defense College in Taje, and then he attended the Leaders College All Forces Officers course in Baghdad in 1999, and participation in an exchange program at the NATO Joint Warfare Center, Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Stavenger, Norway in 2004.
His awards, decorations, and recognitions include the Iraqi Medal of Heroism, awarded twice for achievements during the Iran-Iraq war, the Iraqi Medal-Mother of Wars (awarded twelve times), the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, laudatory recognition and certificates from the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and the Commander of Multi National Corps-Iraq.