Most Brutal Middle Eastern and North African Dictators

Ranked by kill count, lack of freedoms, human rights violations etc.

The Top Ten

1 Ruhollah Khomeini Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini, known in the Western world as Ayatollah Khomeini, was an Iranian Shia Islam religious leader and politician.

A legend, does not deserve this list

He just think must kill all oppenet islam

I'm Italian-Iranian-Scottish-American and I hate him for what he did to Iran. He turned a flourishing Westernized monarchy to a sexist, homophobic, brutal theocracy. Even, the people of the reality T.V. show, "The Shahs of Sunset" would be better leaders of Iran than whoever runs Iran nowadays.

2 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. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization Ba'ath Party – Iraq Region—which ...read more.
3 Ali Khamenei Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei is a marja and the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran, in office since 1989. He was previously President of Iran from 1981 to 1989.

I hate this guy too. - PerfectImpulseX

4 Bashar al-Assad Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the current President of Syria, holding the office since 17 July 2000. He is also commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party's branch in Syria.

He looks a bit like Stuart Ashen from the YouTube channel Ashens. - PerfectImpulseX

5 Muammar al-Gaddafi Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.
6 Hafez al-Assad
7 Salman of Saudi Arabia
8 Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
9 King Herod
10 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia

The Contenders

11 Enver Pasha
12 Yahya Khan

He shouldn't be on this list as pakistan is not usually counted as a middle east country or north african country

I understand your point but since the Indian Subcontinent only has about five countries, I decided to include Yahya Khan on this list.

13 Omar al-Bashir Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir is a Sudanese politician who is currently the seventh president of Sudan and head of the National Congress Party.
14 Hosni Mubarak
15 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
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