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  • Late Iraqi Councilor Only Saddam Holdover

    09/25/2003 8:03:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 155+ views
    The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq Sept. 25 — Aquila al-Hashimi, a career diplomat, was the only member of Saddam Hussein's regime to be chosen by Iraq's American occupiers to sit on the interim Governing Council. Al-Hashimi died Thursday of gunshot wounds, five days after being ambushed by six men in a pickup truck near her home in western Baghdad. Widely expected to become Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, she was preparing to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. Her assassination was the latest in a series of assaults against Iraqis who have worked openly with the...
  • Negroponte makes unannounced Iraq visit

    11/03/2006 12:54:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 390+ views
    AP ^ | 11/3/6 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte met Friday with Iraq's prime minister in the second visit this week by a top U.S. official. The unannounced meeting comes amid spiraling violence that included seven American deaths and the discovery of 56 bodies in the Iraqi capital bearing signs of torture. The bodies found scattered around Baghdad were of Iraqi men between 20 and 45 years old, and all were apparent victims of sectarian death squads, police said Friday.All wore civilian clothes and had been bound at the wrists and ankles, police Lt. Mohammed Khayon said. He said the...
  • Democrats Target Pentagon Planning

    11/24/2003 3:19:36 PM PST · by Maria S · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The sordid tale now making the rounds in the "mainstream" press of a rogue Pentagon intelligence operation has all the elements of an urban legend: heavy breathing, a secret basement office "down by the ramp" and government officials who form a hidden alliance based on long-ago ties to an obscure but influential university guru. Only the work of a few good men with the courage to face up to this "cabal" - and a few crusader-journalists to help them - can make the demons scatter and scare the dark ones into the light. Or so the story goes on those...
  • Resistance, Please

    11/27/2005 10:30:14 AM PST · by dervish · 12 replies · 537+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 11/25/05 | Eli Lake
    Hand it to Secretary of State Rice. She knows how to make lemonade out of lemons. When asked on CNN this week her reaction to a communique signed by Iraqi leaders on Monday that recognized a "legitimate right to resistance," she said, "I think what they were trying to do was to get a sense of political inclusion while recognizing that violence and terrorism should not be a part of resistance." 'snip' The State Department, according to Iraqi officials I've spoken with, put tremendous pressure on elected leaders to attend this parley in Cairo. And the see-no-evil reaction to the...
  • 2-man report linked terrorists to Saddam: Conclusions helped propel Bush to war

    04/30/2004 4:31:09 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 13 replies · 634+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 4/29/2004 | James Risen
    WASHINGTON: Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, a two-man intelligence team set up shop at the Pentagon, searching for evidence of links between terrorist groups and host countries. The men, Michael Maloof and David Wurmser, culled classified material, much of it uncorroborated data from the CIA. "We discovered tons of raw intelligence," said Maloof. "We were stunned that we couldn't find any mention of it in the CIA's finished reports." They recorded and annotated their evidence on butcher paper hung like a mural around their small office. By the end of 2001, they had constructed a startling new picture of...
  • Day of the Serial Fabricator (Maureen Dowd Scandal Brewing re: Iraqi WMD???)

    04/24/2005 6:21:32 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 24 replies · 3,108+ views
    EdwardJayEpstein.com ^ | April 3, 2005 | Edward Jay Epstein
    April 3, 2005 Day of the Serial Fabricator (See original for reference links) Edward Jay Epstein In a scathing ad hominem attack on the Commission on Intelligence Capabilities in the New York Times today, Maureen Dowd protests: "It is absurd to have yet another investigation into the chuckleheaded assessments on Saddam's phantom W.M.D. that intentionally skirts how the $40 billion-a-year intelligence was molded and manufactured to fit the ideological schemes of those running the White House and Pentagon." She then implores, "Please, no more pantomime investigations." Despite such ridicule from Dowd, the nine-person bipartisan Commission is not without credentials and...
  • The friend we betrayed - (in defense of Ahmad Chalabi; good piece by Max Boot)

    04/08/2005 4:59:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 467+ views
    In 1987, after he was exonerated of corruption charges, former Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan issued the classic plea of the wronged man: "Which office do I go to get my reputation back?" Whichever office it is, Ahmad Chalabi may want to apply there as well. The leader of the Iraqi National Congress has been the most unfairly maligned man on the planet in recent years. If you believe what you read, Chalabi is a con man, a crook and, depending on which day of the week it is, either an American or Iranian stooge. The most damning charge is...
  • Shiite Alliance in Iraq Wants Islamist as the Prime Minister

    02/22/2005 9:18:47 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 595+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 23, 2005 | JOHN F. BURNS and DEXTER FILKINS
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 22 - Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Shiite doctor with an Islamist bent, was chosen Tuesday by the victorious Shiite alliance as its candidate to become Iraq's new prime minister. The decision may well open a period of protracted and rancorous negotiations with a coalition of secular leaders intent on sharply curtailing Dr. Jaafari's powers or blocking him and his clerical-backed coalition. Ayad Allawi, the current prime minister, and Barham Salih, a Kurdish politician and deputy prime minister, said in separate interviews on Tuesday that without guarantees renouncing sectarianism and embracing Western democratic ideals they were poised to block...
  • Chalabi Withdraws Bid to Be Next Iraqi PM

    02/22/2005 5:07:17 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 22 replies · 1,291+ views
    AP ^ | Tue, Feb 22, 2005 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Interim Iraqi Vice President Ibrahim al-Jaafari was chosen Tuesday to be his Shiite ticket's candidate for prime minister after Ahmad Chalabi dropped his bid, senior alliance officials said. Pressure from within the ranks of the winning United Iraqi Alliance forced the withdrawal of Chalabi, a one-time Pentagon (news - web sites) favorite, said Hussein al-Moussai from the Shiite Political Council, an umbrella group for 38 Shiite parties. "They wanted him to withdraw. They didn't want to push the vote to a secret ballot," al-Moussawi said. The 140 members were to put the decision between Chalabi and al-Jaafari...
  • Disgraced, despised, exiled: now he's in line for top job (Chalabi)

    02/17/2005 6:01:37 PM PST · by pissant · 16 replies · 673+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | 2/17/05 | steve farrell
    IN IRAQ they say “Lil quta sabat arwaah” — the cat with seven lives. No matter how many times Ahmad Chalabi is knocked down, his enemies just cannot kill him off. Exiled, disgraced, convicted, branded a collaborator, overlooked in Iyad Allawi’s Government, then rubbished and dropped by his Washington paymasters, the former exile remains widely disliked by many ordinary Iraqis. Yet Mr Chalabi is now poised to gain a top job in the new Shia-led Government, and conceivably the prime ministership. The victorious Shia coalition was deadlocked last night over its choice of prime minister, with its 140 newly elected...
  • Birth of a Democracy

    02/05/2005 7:13:02 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 806+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/14/05 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    Soon the whole Middle East will see Iraq's national assembly at work. ALL RIGHT. LET US make an analytical bet of high probability and enormous returns: The January 30 elections in Iraq will easily be the most consequential event in modern Arab history since Israel's six-day defeat of Gamal Abdel Nasser's alliance in 1967. Israel's pulverizing defeat of the Arab armies dethroned Nasserism, the romantic pan-Arab dictatorial nationalism that had infected much of the Arab world, particularly its intelligentsia, during the 1950s and '60s. With the collapse of Nasserism, the overtly secular socialist-cum-fascist age in the Middle East closed--except in...
  • Race for Top Iraq Post Narrows to 2 Shiites

    02/15/2005 8:29:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 643+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 16, 2005 | DEXTER FILKINS
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 15 - The race for the top job in Iraq's new government narrowed Tuesday to two leaders in the Shiite alliance, with Ibrahim Jafari of the Dawa Party squaring off against Ahmad Chalabi, who was mounting a last-minute stand against his rival. Dr. Jafari, a physician who spent more than 20 years in exile and is now a deputy president in the interim government, improved his chances on Tuesday when he persuaded another rival, Adil Abdul Mahdi, to withdraw from the race. Dr. Jafari's party, Dawa, and Mr. Mahdi's, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in...
  • How conflicts between the Administration and the CIA marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons.

    10/20/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 51 replies · 4,434+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | 10/20/03 | Seymour Hersh
    Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered. The committee is concentrating on the last ten years’ worth of reports by the C.I.A. Preliminary findings, one intelligence official told me, are disquieting. “The intelligence community made all kinds of errors and handled things sloppily,” he said. The problems range from a lack of quality control to different agencies’ reporting contradictory assessments at the same time. One finding, the official went...

    01/21/2005 12:45:47 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 17 replies · 1,080+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/21/05
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's interim defense minister said on Friday the government would arrest Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi after the Eid al-Adha holiday for allegedly maligning the defense ministry. "We will arrest him and hand him over to Interpol. We will arrest him based on facts that he wanted to malign the reputation of the defense ministry and defense minister," Hazim al-Shaalan told Al Jazeera television, adding the measures would start after the Muslim holiday which began on Jan. 20.
  • The Agency Rides Again - Angleton on Chalabi (Back to the Ouija Board)

    05/24/2004 1:05:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 839+ views
    Nattional Review Online ^ | May 24 , 2004 | Michael Ledeen
    The Agency Rides Again - Angleton on Chalabi Michael Ledeen/NRO Like everyone else, I've been reading the stories about my friend Ahmad Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress, and the accusations that he's an Iranian spy. I don't believe it, but before launching a tirade against the misnamed Central Intelligence Agency I thought I'd better check with the greatest unliving expert on intelligence, the late James Jesus Angleton. He was the longtime chief of CIA counterintelligence, and knew everything there was to know about spying, so I dusted off the ouija board and got him on the second try. JJA:...
  • U.S. ally Chalabi now a target — home in Baghdad, offices are raided

    05/20/2004 8:12:12 AM PDT · by gilliam · 8 replies · 249+ views
    NBC news is reporting: But Pentagon officials told NBC News that they were acting at the behest of Iraqi authorities investigating the disappearance of millions of dollars in cash and other assets following the fall of Saddam Hussein. Arrest warrants issued for 16 people An Iraqi judge issued arrest warrants for 16 people affliliated with the INC, and an unknown number were arrested, the officials said. Chalabi, himself a member of the Governing Council, was not arrested, and scheduled a news conference later in the day to discuss the raids. As NBC News reported earlier this week, Chalabi and his...
  • ‘Nazi’ files incriminate top Iraqis

    04/19/2003 4:07:54 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 25 replies · 749+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 20, 2003 | Marie Colvin
    HER dusty file was one of hundreds of thousands of documents stacked in a house in a wealthy neighbourhood of Baghdad. Asma Rasheed married a pilot, lived comfortably in the presidential compound of Saddam Hussein and directed a microbiology programme that was not supposed to exist. Rasheed’s light blue folder has emerged from a huge archive seized by forces loyal to Ahmed Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, which opposed Saddam. The archive — a dark who’s who of Iraq — reveals the tiniest details of blandishments and humiliations by a paranoid regime that shared the Nazis’ obsession...
  • Saddam's intelligence chief tried to arrange meeting with US

    04/21/2003 11:41:14 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Agence France-Presse | 4/22/03
    Saddam Hussein's intelligence chief tried to arrange a meeting last week between US representatives and the former Iraqi leader, who an opposition official believes was seen about three days ago, ABC News reported. Leaders of Iraq's prominent Dulaym tribe told the US network that they had made contact with former CIA officer Bob Baer and others to try to arrange some kind of meeting."They told me the chief of Iraqi intelligence was seeking to get in touch with the United States and could I do anything about that," said Baer, who now works for ABC News.Saddam's intelligence chief, General...
  • Lebanese Official: Iraq Cash Moves Legal ( More on the Chalabi Fracas )

    01/23/2005 9:36:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 299+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Jan 23, 11:03 PM EST | ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Lebanon's finance minister on Sunday downplayed the Iraqi Defense Ministry's transfer of $500 million to a Beirut financial institution, saying he would expect such a transfer to be legal if it was made by the Iraqi government. In southern Iraq, the politician demanding a probe into Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan's decision to make the cash transfer said he would not flee his country. Ahmad Chalabi said he was staying despite Shaalan's threat to arrest him and turn him over to Interpol based on an old Jordanian bank fraud conviction.Finance Minister Elias Saba told the private...
  • The Future Iraq Deserves (Ahmad Chalabi On Iraq's Future Of Pluralism And Democracy)

    12/21/2004 9:29:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Opinionjournal.com ^ | 12/22/04 | Ahmad Chalabi
    Despite the lack of security in Iraq today, a democratic, pluralistic Iraq is the only acceptable outcome. Iraq's unity can be best secured through the involvement of all groups in the political process. The concerns being voiced by many in the international community, of the fear of Sunni marginalization and Shiite domination, were the same concerns that allowed Saddam to last as long as he did. Those arguments are reappearing today, to close the door of hope and opportunity for the Iraqi people. But Saddamism without Saddam is simply not an option. Iraq's people are already realizing their objective of...
  • Pentagon Ousts Official Under FBI Investigation [Shaw: Russians took 380 tons, friends got deals]

    12/11/2004 8:01:47 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 18 replies · 910+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 11, 2004 | T. Christian Miller
    <p>WASHINGTON — A senior Defense official placed under investigation by the FBI (news - web sites) on allegations that he tried to steer Iraqi reconstruction contracts toward friends has been removed from office, Pentagon (news - web sites) officials confirmed Friday.</p>
  • The Hunt Is on for Saddam's Weapons

    05/01/2003 1:11:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 403+ views
    Insight ^ | April 30, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Liberals on Capitol Hill and in the media are screaming, "Where are the weapons?" Since the White House had argued that disarming Saddam was the main reason for going to war, not finding his forbidden weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) all lined up like prizes at a seaside shooting gallery has excited the president's political enemies to cry foul. Ewan Buchanan, spokesman for chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, assures Insight that "it's far too early to tell" whether forbidden weapons remain in Iraq or where they might be. "It doesn't surprise me that U.S. forces haven't found anything yet....
  • NY Times Hijacked by State & CIA

    06/07/2004 10:57:54 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 183+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 6/08/04 | Joel Mowbray
    The State Department and the CIA seem to have grabbed the wheel at the New York Times, with successive front-page stories last week on Wednesday and Thursday, first smearing Iraqi Governing Council member and longtime U.S. ally Ahmed Chalabi, then his allies in the administration.Perhaps it sacrificed its journalistic integrity in exchange for the first pass at leaks from State and CIA, or perhaps the paper and the paper-pushers united because of a common goal: the defeat of George W. Bush this November.To appreciate how surreal the Times’ stories were last week, consider the underlying facts.  Chalabi is accused of...

    06/03/2004 8:36:39 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Muslim American Society ^ | Wednesday, June 02, 2004 | JANE MAYER
    THE MANIPULATOR Date Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by JANE MAYER Ahmad Chalabi, the wealthy Iraqi Shiite who spent more than a decade working for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, prides himself on his understanding of the United States and its history. “I know quite a lot about it,” he told me not long ago. It was after midnight in Baghdad, but he was still in his office in the new headquarters of the Iraqi National Congress, the exile opposition group that Chalabi helped found in 1992. As a young man, he said, he spent several years in America,...
  • Rumsfeld Says Unaware of Any Chalabi-Iran Tie

    06/03/2004 7:47:28 AM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 2 replies · 92+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/3/04 | Charles Aldinger
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday he did not know if Iraqi leader Ahmad Chalabi told Iran that Washington had broken Tehran's secret communications code. Rumsfeld also said he was unaware whether the United States was investigating the matter or if any Defense Department officials had been questioned about who might have told Chalabi that the code was broken. "I just don't know," Rumsfeld told reporters traveling with him to Singapore for an Asia security conference. Officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Chalabi was alleged to have told Iran that the United States had...
  • FBI seeks source of leak on Iran code Chalabi denies role; calls reports `false,' `stupid'

    06/03/2004 6:42:51 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 2 replies · 180+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 3, 2004 | Knut Royce
    WASHINGTON -- The FBI has launched an investigation into who disclosed that the United States had broken an Iranian communications code--information Ahmad Chalabi then reportedly passed on to the Iranian intelligence service. Federal law enforcement officials confirmed Wednesday that the FBI's counterintelligence division was investigating the reported leak to Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress and until recently the Pentagon's favorite to rule Iraq.
  • Kerry says he was wary of Chalabi long ago. He met Iraqi exile years back in London (Liar Alert!)

    06/03/2004 6:36:25 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 27 replies · 132+ views
    Tampa, Fla. - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Wednesday he has long had misgivings about Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi, now under suspicion for passing secret U.S. government information to Iran, while the Bush administration "bought into Mr. Chalabi hook, line and sinker." On the same day Kerry told Associated Press Radio that significant gaps remain in the nation's preparations for bioterrorism, he answered several foreign policy questions during a campaign stop in the state that held the decisive recount in the 2000 election. He said President Bush's description of Iraq as a main front on the war on terror...
  • U.S.-backed investigation has seized nearly 20,000 Iraqi files in U.N. oil probe

    05/15/2004 9:30:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies · 308+ views
    WASHINGTON - The U.S.-backed investigation into alleged abuses of the United Nations' Oil for Food program in Iraq has already collected more than 20,000 files from Saddam Hussein's old regime and hired an American accounting firm to conduct the review. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the U.S.-backed, Iraqi-run Board of Supreme Audit selected the Ernst & Young firm this week to oversee the audit of the documents gathered from at least 16 former ministries of Saddam's government. The U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority also is trying to head off a separate investigation launched by former Iraqi dissident Ahmad Chalabi,...
  • Scandal With No Friends (Iraq Oil for Food Program)

    04/18/2004 11:03:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 685+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 19, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    WASHINGTON — How fares the multination cover-up of the richest rip-off in world history? Obstruction of justice has never had it so good. Last month, after some badgering in this space and elsewhere, the House International Relations Committee announced it would look into the $5 billion kickback scandal in the United Nations' six-year Iraqi oil-for-food program, the largest humanitarian aid effort ever undertaken. Our State Department, eager for U.N. help in Iraq, wants no revelations of U.N. ineptitude and corruption. It waltzed the committee staff around. Senate Foreign Relations, however, not wanting to be upstaged by its House counterpart, called...
  • AHMAD CHALABI: What Iraqis Want

    04/15/2004 6:21:14 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 208+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, April 15, 2004 | AHMAD CHALABI
    <p>The most ominous harbinger for the future of Iraq to emerge from the week of bloodshed that has engulfed parts of the country is the collapse of the indigenous Iraqi security structures put in place by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). Few of the police resisted Muqtada al-Sadr's activists while some joined his militia and many simply ran away. Half of the army mutinied. The intelligence service did not produce accurate or useful intelligence, and elements of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC), which is designed to be a national paramilitary force, also mutinied and may be implicated in the murder and mutilation of the four Americans which touched off the siege of Fallujah.</p>
  • Chalabi's road to victory

    03/30/2004 7:02:13 AM PST · by J. L. Chamberlain · 9 replies · 108+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/29/2004 12:24 PM | ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
    WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- With only three months to go before L. Paul Bremer trades in his Iraqi pro-consul baton for beachwear and a hard-earned vacation, the country's most controversial politician is already well positioned to become prime minister. Ahmad Chalabi, the Pentagon's heartthrob and the State Department's and CIA's heartbreak, has taken the lead in a yearlong political marathon. Temporary constitutional arrangements are structured to give the future prime minister more power than the president. The role of the president will be limited because his decisions will have to be ratified by two deputy presidents, or vice presidents....
  • U-S-backed exile leader says C-I-A questioned Iraqi defectors' credibility

    03/06/2004 7:47:35 PM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 98+ views
    KPLC ^ | 3/6/04 | AP
    Washington-AP -- The man who'd led many Iraqi defectors to the C-I-A says he's being unfairly attacked for the failure to find banned weapons in Iraq. The Bush administration largely used information from the defectors to build a case for invading Iraq, even though the C-I-A continually questioned their credibility. Now Ahmad Chalabi (AHK'-mahd SHAH'-lah-bee), a member of the Iraqi Governing Council, says he wants to testify in an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee to make his case. In an interview on tomorrow's "60 Minutes" on C-B-S, Chalabi blames the C-I-A for the lack of weapons so far,...
  • Bearing Questions, 4 New Iraqi Leaders Pay Hussein a Visit

    12/14/2003 8:09:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies · 325+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/15/03 | Ian Fisher
    AGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 14 — The wild gray beard was gone, and he sat on a metal army cot, just awake from a nap, in socks and black slippers. He was not handcuffed. He did not recognize all his visitors, but they recognized him. That was the purpose of the visit: to help confirm that he was, in fact, Saddam Hussein. What came next in the Sunday afternoon meeting, according to people in the room, was an extraordinary 30 minutes, in which four new leaders of Iraq pointedly questioned the nation's deposed and now captured leader about his tyrannical rule....

    10/05/2003 5:00:15 AM PDT · by LadyDoc · 5 replies · 162+ views
    UN ^ | 10-3-03 | Ahmad Chalabi
    STATEMENT BY AHMAD CHALABI, HEAD OF THE IRAQI DELEGATION, TO THE 58TH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2 OCTOBER, 2003 (Please check against delivery) In the name of God, the merciful and benevolent. Mr. President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: I stand in front of you today representing the voice of the Iraqi citizen who has long suffered from cruelty within and outside his homeland. Those within his country have inflicted on him the worst kinds of torture: they have attacked his honour, betrayed his family, humiliated him, enchained him and thrown him into miserable wars. His brothers and friends in the...
  • Chalabi seeks to take seat at UN

    09/21/2003 6:18:50 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 3 replies · 147+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 09/22/03 | Anton La Guardia
    Ahmad Chalabi, the head of Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council, hopes to score a diplomatic victory by taking over Iraq's seat at the United Nations. Aides said Mr Chalabi would not wait for formal recognition, instead attempting a fait accompli at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. He will be helped by the remaining Saddam Hussein envoys, who are still formally accredited at the UN, but have no voting rights because Iraq has not paid more than £8 million of subscriptions. "Nobody knows what Iraq's status is," said one Iraqi official. "The delegation will occupy its seat. If there are any...
  • The View From Iraq

    08/30/2003 2:13:39 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 186+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 08/31/03 | Ahmad Chalabi
    Saddam Hussein has been removed from power, yet he continues to inflict terror on the Iraqi people. There is no question that his network of loyalists carried out the car bomb attack that killed Ayatollah Syed Mohammed Bakr Al Hakim and scores of others in Najaf on Friday. By assassinating this respected Shiite religious leader, Hussein has succeeded in inflaming the country. Southern Iraq is in turmoil, and the people's shock, sadness and anger risk boiling over. The Iraqi people are overwhelmingly grateful to President Bush and the American people for helping us liberate Iraq. We have great respect for...
  • The Petra Bank Scandal. Jordan slandered my father at Saddam's behest.

    08/08/2003 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Valin · 14 replies · 222+ views
    WSJ ^ | 8/7/03 | TAMARA CHALABI
    <p>BAGHDAD--Ahmad Chalabi, my father, is here in Iraq, sitting on the Governing Council of Iraqi nationals that will help ours become a free country. Iraqis from all regions and religions line up daily to meet him at his home. They know his lifelong cause is democracy for all Iraqis, not just a chosen few. To them he is a good man, and an attractive leader.</p>
  • Iraq prepared to make peace with Israel: Peres

    07/21/2003 12:18:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 215+ views
    The Times of India ^ | July 21 2003 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM: A leading candidate to head a caretaker government in Iraq has told Israel Labor Party chairman Shimon Peres that Iraq would likely make peace with Israel if it gives the Palestinians control over 95 percent of the West Bank and Gaza, Peres said Monday. Peres told Israel Radio he had met over the weekend with former Iraqi Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi, 80, at a Rome conference organized by the Socialist International. A Sunni Muslim with a secular outlook, Pachachi is favored by many American officials to head an Iraqi caretaker government during the post-Saddam Hussein transition period. According to...
  • Defectors provided solid information about Iraq's weapons program: Chalabi (more detail)

    06/13/2003 6:34:45 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 216+ views
    Spacewar.com ^ | JUne 13, 2003 | AFP
    The head of the US-backed Iraqi National Congress (INC), Ahmad Chalabi, said Thursday that he put US officials in contact with three Iraqi defectors who provided detailed information about Saddm Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction program. "We ... introduced them to three defectors on the weapons program," Chalabi said after a briefing here with about 30 US lawmakers on a range of postwar issues, including the pace of Iraqi reconstruction and the prospects finding Saddam. "One of them was an engineer," Chalabi said. "We believe that he had valuable information about sites. He did not have any operational information...
  • Chalabi Believes US Forces Will Find Weapons of Mass Destruction

    06/13/2003 1:37:47 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 121+ views
    VOA ^ | June13, 2003 | Dan Robinson
    The leader of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, says he believes there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that U.S. and coalition forces will be able to find them. In recent days, Mr. Chalabi has been making speeches and appearing on television news programs saying former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is alive and in hiding, and is financing efforts to de-stabilize the U.S.-led coalition. The former exile opposition leader, who was flown into Iraq in the early days of the coalition advance on Baghdad, says coalition forces will eventually find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Mr....
  • Chalabi says data on arms accurate

    06/11/2003 9:51:32 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 2 replies · 146+ views
    NEW YORK -- US-backed Iraqi political leader Ahmad Chalabi yesterday defended information his group gave Washington on weapons of mass destruction, amid growing questions about intelligence used to justify the war on Iraq. Chalabi said he was aware of media reports suggesting that his Iraqi National Congress had given false information on Baghdad's alleged illegal biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons program, but said he remained convinced they would yet be found. ''We gave very accurate information, and we produced people who we handed over to the United States,'' Chalabi, on a brief visit to the United States, told the Council...
  • An Occupying Force Or A Necessity Of Stabilization

    05/27/2003 9:29:59 AM PDT · by The Rant · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | May 27, 2003 | Frank Salvato
    With Iraqi frustration growing over the timetable being used to form a cohesive and effective Iraqi sovereignty a question must be asked. Are the coalition forces led by L. Paul Bremer occupying forces meant to remain in Baghdad to coerce any Iraqi government into an a pro-American way of thinking or are they stabilization forces caught in the middle of a people so divided in their own cause that their extraction would be leaving Iraq in a more lawless state than it was before? The front-runners who have established themselves in the Iraqi power struggle have their good points and...
  • Pentagon's Hawks Woo Iranian Exiles

    05/09/2003 8:49:28 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 190+ views
    London Financial Times | May 9, 2003 | Guy Dinmore
    Donald Rumsfeld has said he does not do diplomacy. But some of his fellow neo-conservatives in the Pentagon, emboldened by victory in Iraq, are attempting to construct an improbable alignment of interests to effect regime change in neighbouring Iran. The defence department is trying to muster support from exiled Iranian fighters of the People's Mujahideen Organisation (MKO) and from Reza Pahlavi, son of the last Shah of Iran who ruthlessly suppressed the MKO before his own downfall. The Pentagon's decision to negotiate a ceasefire with MKO members in Iraq - who were previously designated by the US as terrorists -...
  • The thief of Baghdad (is Rumsfeld’s man in Iraq, Ahmed Chalabi, a crook?)

    05/09/2003 8:03:43 AM PDT · by dead · 2 replies · 58+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | May 10 2003 | Marian Wilkinson and Peter Fray
    Despite the taint of criminal convictions, Ahmad Chalabi is still being championed by the US as a leader for Iraq. But, as Marian Wilkinson and Peter Fray report, opposition is gaining strength. One of the small but troubling puzzles in the debate about postwar Iraq is why one document that may prove critical to the political future of the country has still not surfaced in Washington. The document is an English-language translation of the 213-page judgement passed by a Jordanian State Security Court in 1992 convicting Dr Ahmad Chalabi, in absentia, in two cases of fraud involving more than $US60...
  • Secret Baath files may help Chalabi settle old scores (incriminates Al-Jazeera, King Abdullah)

    05/07/2003 8:30:54 AM PDT · by dead · 9 replies · 206+ views
    The Guardian via SMH ^ | May 8 2003 | Owen Bowcott
    "Some of the files are very damning" . . . Ahmad Chalabi. Ahmad Chalabi, the exiled financier promoted by the Pentagon as a leader of postwar Iraq, claims to have obtained 25 tonnes of intelligence documents detailing Saddam Hussein's relationship with foreign governments and Arab leaders. The files, seized by supporters of his Iraqi National Congress (INC) from Baath party offices and secret police stations, may fuel a fresh round of recriminations and score-settling as politicians meeting in Baghdad struggle to agree the terms of an interim administration. In interviews with Abu Dhabi television and Newsweek magazine, Chalabi has...
  • Group of nine will probably head Iraqi interim govt: Garner

    05/05/2003 7:01:26 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 385+ views
    BAGHDAD - A council of up to nine Iraqis will probably lead the country’s still unformed interim government through the coming months, the American civil administrator said on Monday.Retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner also said he expects the newly appointed L. Paul Bremer, former head of the State Department’s counter terrorism office, to take charge of the political process within the US postwar administration.“What you may see is as many as seven, eight, nine leaders working together to provide leadership,” Garner said. He added, though, that he didn’t know how the collective leadership would function specifically.The Iraqi leaders Garner referred...
  • Jordanian Justice

    04/28/2003 8:27:04 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 8 replies · 174+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 4/28/2003
    The Hashemite King, Abdullah II of Jordan, yesterday gave an interview to CNN in which he sneered at the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi. The last time America fought a war against Saddam Hussein, back in 1991, Abdullah’s father, King Hussein, sided with Saddam, refusing to join the coalition assembled by President George H.W. Bush. This time around, the King of Jordan — now Abdullah II — is doing what he can to make sure that America loses the peace, by undermining the one man best able to put Iraq on the course to future of freedom,...
  • Jordan Warns U.S. on Supporting Chalabi (charged with embezzlement)

    04/28/2003 5:41:20 PM PDT · by visagoth · 17 replies · 214+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Sun Apr 27 | The Associated Press
    Jordan Warns U.S. on Supporting Chalabi By The Associated Press Jordan warned the United States on Sunday against supporting Iraqi opposition figure Ahmad Chalabi, saying he lacked credibility and support among Iraqis and was a convicted fraud. "We believe that Ahmad Chalabi does not have credibility, either inside Iraq or in the region," Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Muasher said Jordan "made it very clear to everyone in the United States government and around the world" that Chalabi is divisive. Chalabi is leader of the Iraqi National Congress, which spearheaded opposition to Saddam Hussein...
  • Saddam sports suicide suit?

    04/28/2003 2:42:52 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 6 replies · 207+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | April 28, 2003 | DAVE GOLDINER
    Saddam Hussein is likely on the run inside Iraq - armed with suicide vests he obtained from his intelligence agency, an Iraqi exile leader said yesterday. The deposed dictator was trained how to use the bomb-lined vests before the fall of Baghdad and may plan to blow himself up if U.S.-led troops corner him, said Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi. "He has the ability ... to commit suicide or blow people up with him when they come to catch him," Chalabi told CNN. The head of the intelligence service, the Mukhabarat, gave vests to Saddam and his closest aide...
  • Transcript: Ahmad Chalabi on Fox News Sunday (inc. talking about Saddam recruiting US citizens)

    04/27/2003 2:14:14 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 326+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Aprile 27, 2003 | FoxNews
    <p>Following is a transcribed excerpt from Fox News Sunday, April 27, 2003.</p> <p>SNOW: Mr. Chalabi, last week you told me you believed that Saddam Hussein is still alive and somewhere in Iraq. Do you still believe that's the case?</p> <p>CHALABI: Yes, I do.</p>