Taha Bidaywi Hamed
Taha Bidaywi Hamed is an Iraq
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i politician. He was elected by local tribal leaders to lead the town council of Fallujah
Fallujah is a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, located roughly west of Baghdad on the Euphrates. Fallujah dates from Babylonian times and was host to important Jewish academies for many centuries....

 on April 30, 2003. The position had been vacant after the previous administrators - loyal to Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003...

's regime - fled to avoid being caught up in the 2003 invasion of Iraq
2003 invasion of Iraq
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Described as strongly pro-American, Hamed blamed Baathist officers for provoking anti-US sentiments in the city. However when seven US soldiers were injured in a series of grenade attacks in early May, he was quoted as stating that the general population wished for the troops to leave the city, because they were occupying a Baathist headquarters.
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