Iraq Mourns Ammar Shahbandar


The Iraq Foundation mourns the death of our dear friend, Ammar Shahbandar. Ammar was killed in a car explosion in Baghdad on Saturday May 2nd.

Ammar’s association with the Iraq Foundation began in the early 90s, when he was still a student in London and the Foundation was a young institution. He returned to Iraq in the spring of 2003, full of hope and plans for the future. In June 2003, when the Foundation opened its office in Baghdad, Ammar became the director of our Iraq operations. Although he formally left his post with IF in early 2005, he continued to be a valued colleague and friend.

Ammar was among the best and brightest in Iraq. His total commitment to his native country, his dreams, and his drive made real and lasting change in a way that few other individuals were able to achieve in that troubled environment. He believed in Iraq’s youth and in the possibility of doing some good.  He gave his life for his commitment and dream.

We share the grief of his wife, children, parents, and many friends, and offer our humble condolences.

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