Rafeeuddin Ahmed (Photo: Ossamu Honda/AP Wide World)
Rafeeuddin Ahmed, from Pakistan. Former administrator of the UN Development Program. Appointed by Kofi Annan as his special adviser on Iraq.
Jay Garner (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)
U.S. General (retired) Jay Garner, Special Commissioner to Iraq. He will administer the country and concentrate on restoring electricity, water, and other vital services. He will also maintain security and stability and will put Iraqis in key positions of power.
Zalmay Khalizad, President Bush's special envoy to Iraq. He led the first organizational meeting of Iraqi leaders in Ur in mid-April just three weeks after the war began. He emphasized to those attending that the U.S. has "no intention of ruling Iraq."
Ahmed Chalabi (Photo: AP Wide World)
Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the exiled Iraqi opposition, the Iraqi National Congress (INC). Chalabi wants a key role in rebuilding Iraq. He recently returned to the country from exile with 700 freedom fighters. He is traveling around Iraq with a group of freedom fighters to gain support from the people.
Sharif Ali bin al-Hussein (Photo: Ron Edmonds/AP Wide World)
Sharif Ali bin al-Hussein, cousin of Iraq's last king, Faisal II al-Hussein. He proposes to restore the monarchy and provide a moderate government. He has few supporters.
Massoud Barzani (Photo: AP Wide World)
Massoud Barzani, leader of the Kurds and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). A rival of Talabani's, Barzani controls the western region of northern Iraq.
Jalal Talabani (Photo: AP Wide World)
Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). He is Barzani's chief rival. He governs the eastern regions nearest the Iranian border.
Ayatollah Mohammed Bakr, a Shiite Muslim and main rival of Chalabi. The Ayatollah wants to deliver justice to the 14 million Shiite majority population that has been oppressed by the Sunni-dominated Saddam regime. He is supported by Iran and was one of the protestors at the first organizational meeting in Ur. He called for an Iraqi interim government.
Sheik Mohammed Bakr Nasri, leader of the long-outlawed Dawa Party. The 71-year-old Nasri leads a Shiite organization dedicated to forming an Islamic republic in Iraq. He returned to Iraq in mid-April to stage demonstrations against the first U.S.-led organizational meetings in Ur.
Sheik Muzahim Mustafa Kanan Tameemi, "the secret sheik" of Basra. The former brigadier general in Hussein's army, former Baath Party member. He was chosen by the British to restore order to Basra. He is a Shiite (a religious sect in the majority in Basra), but also the leader of a large, mostly Sunni tribe with members in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.