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  • Report: Saddam Hussein’s Son Plotted London Assassination Attack

    03/23/2008 1:04:50 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies · 474+ views
    Times of London ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2008 | FOX News
    Saddam Hussein's son Uday planned to carry out an attack in London to assassinate the leader of an Iraqi opposition group in April 2000, it is being reported. According to the U.K.'s Times of London newspaper, a new Pentagon study based on documents seized during the Iraq war reveal an aborted plot by Uday Hussein's elite paramilitary group — the Fedayeen — to kill London-based Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress. Documents show that Fedayeen's orders were to carry out assassinations and bombings in London, the Times reported. While the study showed no link between Saddam Hussein's regime...
  • Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi who pushed Bush to invade Iraq dies

    11/03/2015 3:39:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/03/2015 | Y STEPHEN KALIN AND SAIF HAMEED
    Ahmed Chalabi, the smooth-talking Iraqi politician who pushed Washington to invade Iraq in 2003 with discredited information on Saddam Hussein's military capabilities, died on Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. Haitham al-Jabouri, secretary of parliament's financial panel that Chalabi had chaired, said attendants had found him dead in his bed in his Baghdad home. A news flash on Iraqi state television said the cause was a heart attack. A secular Shi'ite, Chalabi rose to prominence as leader of the then-exiled Iraqi National Congress, which played a major role in encouraging the U.S. administration of former President George W. Bush to...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Chalabi Returns To Prominence And Power (America's Favorite Iraqi Is Baack Alert)

    11/13/2007 9:18:18 AM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 44+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/13/2007 | Christian Berthelsen
    Chalabi espouses free-market doctrine as the best way to cure the area's ills, a prescription that would buoy his neoconservative benefactors if they were here to hear it. "Everyone is looking for employment with the government," he says. "This is a dead end. It's not possible. We need to get the economy going. Construction projects are needed." With a billon dollars in seed money from the Iraqi government for housing projects and a loan program to help residents buy a home, he says, "we would have no unemployment."
  • Survivor (Ahmed Chalabi)

    07/07/2007 4:35:50 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 530+ views
    Opinion ^ | 7/7/07 | MELIK KAYLAN
    One of Iraq's most controversial politicians offers thoughts on the "surge," Iran and where we go from here. ________________________ BAGHDAD--"these people need help. The army must help them more. The government must help them more. They have been fighting alone against a vicious enemy, fighting for all of us to make our country safe." I'm in Diyala province, watching Ahmed Chalabi shouting into a TV camera over the sound of mortar shells. He's imploring the Iraqi state to support tribesmen fighting off al Qaeda attacks such as the one we're now experiencing. In the end our entourage, which had driven...
  • Politicizing Intelligence – Yet Again

    09/14/2006 4:41:43 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 16 replies · 595+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 14 September 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    If you thought efforts were over to rewrite history on the lead-up to the war in Iraq and to smear the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, then think again. A remarkable pair of reports released last week by the Senate Select committee on Intelligence re-examine for the umpteenth time the pre-war intelligence on Iraqi WMD programs and Saddam’s alleged ties to al-Qaeda. The reports were produced at the demand of committee Democrats as part of a vast fishing expedition aimed at buttressing their old saw, Bush lied-People died. What’s remarkable about these reports are not the facts...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 3/18 - 3/19 (not the live thread)

    03/17/2006 7:12:26 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 44 replies · 1,082+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 3/17/06 | Network and Cable News
    Journal Editorial Report (Paul Gigot) - FNC show page Meme: Fissures in the GOP - immigration Topics: "Are Republicans headed for a political meltdown over immigration?" (as per Opinion Journal web site)"Immigration reform controversy: We'll examine policies under consideration" (as per FNC show page)"Plus, what a hard line on immigration means for this year's midterm elections" (as per FNC show page) Guests Colorado Governor Bill Owens I have a plan, just like the plan that's failing the President Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review illegal immigration isn't really a problem, really Stephen Moore, Walls Street JournalJason Riley, Walls Street JournalPaul Gigot, Walls...
  • The Chalabi Comeback (Why Ahmed Chalabi Is Iraq's Underestimated Man Alert)

    08/28/2005 9:11:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies · 511+ views ^ | 08/28/05 | Robert Pollock
    So, under the most trying conditions, the master coalition-builder crafted the Shiite-led United Iraqi Alliance that shocked our spooks and diplomats by dominating the January election. The other big winners--Shiite religious leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, and Kurdish leaders Talabani and Massoud Barzani--turned out to be the very same group Mr. Chalabi had united under the banner of his Iraqi National Congress in the '90s, and which had widely been written off as "exiles." Mr. Chalabi had enough support to make a credible bid for the prime minister's post, only to drop out in the face of strong U.S.-Iranian lobbying (what's...
  • The Three Stooges in Iraq, and the U.S.’s First Stooge (Another Ward Churchill-Barf Alert)

    03/01/2005 5:14:37 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 15 replies · 864+ views
    The Independent Institute ^ | October 14, 2004 | William Marina
    The original architects of the U.S. empire—long before its celebration by today’s neoconservatives—understood the importance of legitimacy in the neo-colonialist enterprise. In order to achieve some degree of legitimacy, it was important to create a native stooge—what some call a “comprador”—heavily dependent upon American power to govern in the interests of the U.S. government. In Iraq we have had the proverbial “Three Stooges,” as in the movies, often beating up on each other. The first of these was Saddam Hussein, who was essential in helping evict the British from control in Iraq and then in attacking Iran, but who became...
  • Chalabi claims numbers to be Iraqi PM

    02/20/2005 6:45:19 PM PST · by Lessismore · 106 replies · 4,532+ views
    Controversial Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi says he believes he has the votes to become the war-torn country's new prime minister. Mr Chalabi, once supported by the United States only to fall from favour, is part of the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) list that won 140 seats of the 275-member national assembly in the January 30 elections. "I believe I have a majority of the [UIA] votes on my side right now" to become the new government's prime minister, Mr Chalabi told United States ABC television. However, the former exile remained cautious, saying the choice of premier "will be decided...

    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...
  • Einhorn irked at judge for delay in appeals process (Neo-cons, Chalabi mentioned)

    06/11/2004 3:24:11 PM PDT · by Shermy · 28 replies · 459+ views
    AP ^ | June 11, 2004
    PHILADELPHIA - A former hippie guru convicted in 2002 of a 25-year-old murder wants the judge who presided over his trial to hurry up with an opinion needed to pursue an appeal. Ira Einhorn, 64, is serving life in prison without parole for the murder of girlfriend Holly Maddux. After two trials and nearly 17 years on the run in Europe, he now is incarcerated at the state prison in Houtzdale. In a motion sent to the state Superior Court, Einhorn complains that Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge William J. Mazzola has failed to file a response to his lawyer's Nov....
  • Iraq Islamist Group Says Tried to Kill Chalabi

    09/03/2004 2:51:01 PM PDT · by TexKat · 11 replies · 718+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/04
    DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iraqi Islamist group has said it tried to assassinate Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi this week and that four men died in the attack, Al Jazeera television said on Saturday. The channel said it received a videotape from a group calling itself the Islamic Army of Iraq (news - web sites) in which one of the four men, who later died of his wounds, talks to camera. A group with the same name has said in an internet statement that it was holding two French journalists kidnapped on Aug. 20. Chalabi, now a vocal critic of U.S....
  • Charges against Chalabi 'dropped'

    09/01/2004 12:47:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 671+ views
    BBC ^ | 1 September, 2004
    Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician and former US favourite, has said that criminal charges against him in Iraq have been dropped. A judge issued a warrant in August over an alleged counterfeit operation but no action was taken for Mr Chalabi's arrest when he returned to Iraq. Mr Chalabi also announced that murder charges had been dropped against his nephew, Salem, currently out of Iraq. The fact of the charges being dropped could not be immediately confirmed. On Wednesday morning, Ahmed Chalabi survived what seemed to be an assassination attempt when gunmen opened fire on his motorcade. The BBC's Paul...
  • Iraq's Chalabi Escapes Assassination Bid

    09/01/2004 6:14:23 AM PDT · by TexKat · 1 replies · 305+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen opened fire Wednesday on a convoy carrying former Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi in an apparent assassination attempt that wounded two of his bodyguards, Chalabi's spokesman said. Chalabi's convoy was attacked in southern Baghdad at about 7:30 a.m. as he returned from the holy city of Najaf, said spokesman Mithal al-Alusi. "The doctor (Chalabi) is in good health. He is safe but two of his bodyguards were injured, " al-Alusi said. Chalabi, a one-time Pentagon favorite who fell out of favor with the United States, returned to Iraq from Iran earlier this month to face...
  • Iraq politician Chalabi returns to Baghdad, says aide

    08/11/2004 11:07:26 AM PDT · by TexKat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    AFP ^ | 8-11-04
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - Prominent Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi returned to Baghdad, where he has been threatened with arrest on money counterfeiting charges, said a senior aide in his party. "He is back home among his folks," Mithal al-Alusi told AFP. "He will shower, have some tea and then resume his national duties." A judge said on Monday that Chalabi would be arrested upon arrival in Iraq to face the charges against him. Alusi also said Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress (INC) party had vacated one of the two buildings that make up its Baghdad headquarters, but would not relinquish the other,...
  • NY Times Hijacked by State & CIA

    06/07/2004 10:57:54 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 183+ views ^ | 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 12:48:02 AM PDT · by kattracks · 35 replies · 507+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/03/04 | NILES LATHEM
    June 3, 2004 -- WASHINGTON — FBI agents are focusing on a Pentagon intelligence-gathering unit in their probe into who told Iraqi exile leader Ahmed Chalabi that the United States had broken Iran's secret communications codes, The Post has learned. Word of the probe came as serious new allegations surfaced about the Iraqi National Congress, the exile group he heads. U.S. officials said the FBI counterintelligence investigation into the code breaking security breach is centered on a handful of civilian hard-liners in the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, a policy- and intelligence-analysis shop set up after 9/11.
  • Chalabi blames Baathists for raid

    05/20/2004 10:55:13 PM PDT · by endthematrix · 136+ views
    CNN ^ | May 20, 2004 | CNN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi said the raid on his compound Thursday was engineered by Baathists who control the Iraqi police and who are now protected by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Senior coalition law enforcement and justice officials said the raid on the compound of the Iraqi National Congress was part of an investigation of "suspected fraud in a government ministry." But Chalabi -- who is head of finance in the Iraqi Governing Council and leader of the INC -- was not named in the warrant. Iraqi police and U.S. military personnel who conducted the...
  • The Iraqi who started it all

    03/20/2004 4:41:43 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 222+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 03/21/04 | Con Coughlin
    Shortly after the capture of Saddam Hussein last December, the deposed Iraqi tyrant received a visit in his underground prison cell from a rotund, balding, 59-year-old former banker. Saddam immediately recognised Ahmed Chalabi, one of the leaders of Iraq's new interim administration, and greeted him with a sneer: "So, are you going to be the new ruler of Iraq?" he inquired. Chalabi, who had been taken to Saddam's secret prison cell by US troops to confirm the captured leader's identity, made no reply. "You don't take orders from a dictator and certainly not from a war criminal," he later explained.Nevertheless...
  • 60 Minutes Interview with Ahmed Chalabi

    03/07/2004 6:12:53 PM PST · by MichaelMooronic · 11 replies · 211+ views
    60 Minutes | 3/07/04 | Leslie Stahl
    Iraq asset document listing Osama bin Laden
  • Public was misled, claim ex-CIA men

    05/30/2003 4:28:19 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 38 replies · 2,983+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 05/31/03 | Tim Reid
    A GROUP of former US intelligence officials has written to President Bush claiming that the US Congress and the American public were misled about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction before the war. The group’s members, most of them former CIA analysts, say that they have close contacts with senior officials working inside the US intelligence agencies, who have told them that intelligence was “cooked” to persuade Congress to authorise the war. The manipulation of intelligence has, they say, produced “a policy and intelligence fiasco of monumental proportions”. They write in the letter to Mr Bush: “While there have been occasions...
  • INTERVIEW-Sons' deaths 'a body blow' to Saddam -Chalabi

    07/23/2003 11:52:44 PM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 184+ views
    Reuters | 7/23/03 | Irwin Arieff
    INTERVIEW-Sons' deaths 'a body blow' to Saddam -Chalabi By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS, July 23 (Reuters) - Iraqi exile leader Ahmed Chalabi on Wednesday called the killing of Saddam Hussein's sons "a body blow" to the ousted dictator as it showed the Iraqi people he was powerless to protect them. Chalabi, in an interview, also denied the 25-member Iraqi Governing Council, of which he is a member, was bogged down in factional fighting, saying it needed to get organized before it could choose a leader and get down to work. He himself was not a candidate to lead it, he...
  • Why American Chaos Reigns in Iraq

    07/03/2003 4:21:05 PM PDT · by JimRed · 10 replies · 222+ views | 6/27/2003 | Newsmax
    1. Why American Chaos Reigns in Iraq Chaos continues to reign in Iraq because of the State Department's meddling, NewsMax has learned. A high-ranking Reagan administration official, who has talked to several Americans working in liberated Iraq, says the situation “is chaotic, and remains more chaotic than the press is reporting.” The culprit for the troubles: the State Department. As has been described to us, there is not one interim U.S. authority in Iraq, but two, one with orders from Foggy Bottom liberals who oppose President Bush, and the other from the Defense Department. A few weeks ago, the New...
  • Chalabi - 'Why Don't You Let Us Fight?'

    06/13/2003 3:46:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 177+ views
    Insight ^ | June 13, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    After a U.S. Apache helicopter was shot down in northern Iraq on Thursday, a visiting Iraqi political leader told Daily Insight in Washington that U.S. field commanders have rejected proposals to establish an Iraqi security force under U.S. command that could have prevented this and other attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. Dr. Ahmed Chalabi, a member of the Leadership Council of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), told Insight in Washington that he repeatedly has proposed establishing an Iraqi force that would handle looters, battle remnants of the Ba'ath Party regime and help reduce U.S. casualties, but that U.S. commanders...
  • Leaked emails add to NY Times' woes (Judith Miller/John Burns Pissing Match! Schadenfreude!)

    05/31/2003 11:13:47 AM PDT · by Timesink · 18 replies · 402+ views
    The Guardian ^ | May 29, 2003 | Ciar Byrne
    6pmLeaked emails add to NY Times' woes Ciar ByrneThursday May 29, 2003The GuardianCan the headlines get any worse for the New York Times? Once a beacon of US broadsheet journalism, the Times has already been rocked by charges of plagiarism, and now its rival the Washington Post has heaped on fresh embarrassment by reporting an unseemly squabble between two senior journalists on the paper.According to leaked emails seen by the Washington Post, the Times' Pulitzer prize-winning Baghdad bureau chief, John Burns, was in high dudgeon when another Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, Judith Miller, filed an interview with Iraqi exile leader Ahmed...
  • Iraq : Baghdad crowd honors donkey, not Saddam, on strongman's birthday

    04/28/2003 5:53:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 351+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 04/28/03 | N/A
    Baghdad crowd honors donkey, not Saddam, on strongman's birthday Add Mideast - AFP to My Yahoo! BAGHDAD (AFP) - Joyous crowds in Baghdad celebrated Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s birthday in a brand new way, pasting photos of the former strongman on a donkey as they heaped scorn on his brutal 24-year reign. AFP Photo Latest news: · Iraqi Delegates Gather for Gov't Talks AP - 4 minutes ago · Saddam's birthday still feted in Tikrit as others try to move onAFP - 21 minutes ago · Baghdad crowd honors donkey, not Saddam, on strongman's birthdayAFP - 23 minutes...
  • Chalabi: American Moles Recruited by Saddam

    04/27/2003 12:03:37 PM PDT · by kattracks · 43 replies · 781+ views ^ | 4/27/03 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    The man backed by many in the Bush administration to head Baghdad's postwar government said Sunday that documents uncovered over the weekend show that Saddam Hussein tried to recruit U.S. citizens to undermine the Bush adminsitration's war effort in Iraq. "We have captured a great many files of Saddam's services and there is astounding information about the extent of their networks and their efforts to recruit foreign nationals - including Americans - to work in the Mukabahrat [Iraqi intelligence service]," said Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress. "I think that this is something that must be pursued,"...
  • Iraqis on Saddam's trail - Opposition leader says fighters just a day behind him

    04/22/2003 2:03:33 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 221+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/22/03 | HELEN KENNEDY
    WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein is on the run inside Iraq and hunters are less than a day behind him, an opposition leader insisted yesterday. Ahmed Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress told BBC radio that the former dictator is being tracked by Chalabi's Free Iraqi fighters. "We are aware of his movements. We are aware of the areas that he has been to, and we learn of this within 12 to 24 hours," Chalabi said. "We will work to develop more information about his whereabouts." Chalabi's Free Iraqi forces may not have caught the deposed dictator, but they bagged another...
  • Chalabi denies being contender for top job

    04/21/2003 5:41:52 PM PDT · by AM2000 · 17 replies · 297+ views ^ | April 21, 2003 18:22 IST | Shyam Bhatia
    Chalabi denies being contender for top job Shyam Bhatia in Karbala exclusively for | April 21, 2003 18:22 IST Ahmed Chalabi's denial that he is in the running for the top job in Iraq is a frank admission by the Pentagon's favourite candidate that there are other Iraqis better suited, better qualified and far more popular than he will ever be.In a city like Karbala, the majority Shia population's spiritual heartland, the very mention of Chalabi's name is guaranteed to start people laughing. And in a country where so many families have lost at least one loved one to torture...
  • Iraq contender scorns UN (. . . Iraqi people view the UN as allies of Saddam).

    04/15/2003 5:14:13 PM PDT · by Diddley · 25 replies · 355+ views
    ITV ^ | Apr 15, 2003 | Staff
    One contender to be leader of a post-Saddam Iraq has said the UN has a limited role in the future of Iraq. Ahmed Chalabi, the Head of Iraqi National Congress, said the Iraqi people view the UN as allies of Saddam. He was interviewed by Jonathan Dimbleby: Jonathan Dimbleby: "You say that the United Nations should be kept out of this… but that suggests that you think that Britain and America are wrong to say that the UN should have a vital role in this process?" Ahmed Chalabi: "I that the UN has a limited role in Iraq. They have...
  • 13 Points Agreed for New Iraqi Government

    04/15/2003 12:57:23 PM PDT · by Retrofire · 53 replies · 1,244+ views
    Sky News ^ | 04/15/2003 | Sky News
    REBUILDING PLAN AGREED Free Iraqis have drawn up a 13-point plan to rebuild their country following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. The plan was agreed at US-hosted talks at Ur, the birthplace of the biblical prophet Abraham. The delegates also voted to meet again in 10 days' time. In a statement they said a future Iraqi government must be democratic, no leader must be imposed from outside, and the Baath party must be dissolved. As the meeting began, hundreds marched through the streets of nearby Nasiriyah protesting about US involvement in their country's future. They were concerned that the...
  • The Chalabi Factor

    04/15/2003 4:18:42 AM PDT · by WaterDragon · 10 replies · 244+ views
    National Review ^ | April 14, 2003 | Max Singer
    Pundits and reporters are being sold on the idea that Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi exile leader, is largely the creation of American neoconservatives such as Paul Wolfowitz. They miss the point. Chalabi is so prominent in discussions of Iraq's future because for ten years he has been leading the central organization of Iraqis opposed to Saddam and the Baath regime. The Iraqi National Congress (INC) was founded by Chalabi in 1992 as an all-inclusive democratic opposition movement to remove Saddam and create a united federal government of laws in Iraq. The INC is not a faction or special-interest group seeking...
  • Chalabi Says He Doesn't Want Role in Iraq Govt.

    04/14/2003 8:52:59 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 6 replies · 192+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/14/03
    PARIS (Reuters) - Ahmed Chalabi, one of Iraq's best-known opposition leaders with strong support in the Pentagon, said in an interview published on Monday that he did not plan to play a political role in his homeland. "I want to take part in the reconstruction of the civilian society," Iraqi National Congress leader Chalabi told French daily Le Monde by phone from southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya. Chalabi said he had been "extremely well-received" in Iraq where he returned after the fall of Saddam Hussein's government, but asked if he intended to play a political role there, he said: "Absolutely...
  • Chalabi Chatter

    04/12/2003 10:25:47 AM PDT · by Callahan · 22 replies · 373+ views ^ | 4/11/03 | Ken Weeks
    CHALABI CHATTER Like everybody else, I've been trying to get a handle on Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi National Congress leader, who some people would like to see as the new President of Iraq, despite some rough edges. Chalabi is also the focus of the latest unfortunately public Pentagon-State tiff. I must admit, it annoys me that he doesn't have a totally clean slate. Seems like it just makes things that much more difficult. The anti-war elites are in desperation mode because their "quagmire" predictions didn't materialize and they brought out the knives for this guy without skipping a beat (none...
  • India a model for Iraq, says Ahmad Chalabi (head of Iraqi National Congress)

    04/13/2003 5:15:41 PM PDT · by AM2000 · 49 replies · 471+ views ^ | New Delhi, April 13 2003 | Press Trust of India
    Ahmed Chalabi, head of Iraqi National Congress and tipped to lead a post-war government in Iraq has said the Indian democratic system should be taken up as a model for his country, and expressed his desire to visit India. "Democracy in India is a marvel of civilization. We hope in some respects to have a political system similar to India," Chalabi, now involved in the US-led efforts to form a new interim government, told Third Eye TV, which covers the war for Doordarshan. Chalabi said the road to set up a proper democratic system akin to India would be completed...
  • 'Our Iraqi': Thanks, now get out (AHMED CHALABI NEEDS A LESSON IN MANNERS!)

    04/13/2003 5:48:26 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 20 replies · 287+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/12/03
    The message from Nassiriya arrived like a rocket. Ahmed Chalabi was bolting the reservation. This was not part of the plan. "The key point to remember is that Iraqis must control Iraq at all times," Chalabi, perhaps the best-known Iraqi dissident, wrote in an E-mail last week from southern Iraq. His communiqué arrived on the very day Chalabi's former patron, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, disclosed that U.S. administrators may need more than the previously estimated six months in power before ceding authority to Iraqi-led civilian authority. "We don't need a U.S. general or a UN bureaucrat to run Iraq,"...
  • General promises a 'big tent' for Iraqis

    04/12/2003 11:34:03 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 151+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2003 | By Paul Martin
    <p>KUWAIT CITY — Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, chosen to lead Iraq's postwar reconstruction, yesterday promised a "big tent" for Iraqis of all persuasions at a crucial meeting in Nasiriyah Tuesday to begin building a democracy.</p> <p>About 100 people have been invited to the meeting by Gen. Tommy Franks, the Central Command chief. About one-third will be Iraqis who have been living abroad and two-thirds from inside Iraq.</p>
  • Potential leaders to convene in Nasiriyah

    04/12/2003 12:21:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 222+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2003 | By Sharon Behn and Nicholas Kralev
    <p>Iraqi opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi is rapidly building up a power base in southern Iraq, using his 700-strong force to help restore law and order in the area, filling a political power vacuum left by the fall of Baghdad.</p> <p>Mr. Chalabi, who heads the Iraqi National Congress, is one of a number of key Iraqi opposition figures invited to attend a meeting Tuesday between White House envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and coalition leaders as a first step towards an Iraqi interim authority.</p>
  • US airlifting Iraqi opposition fighters

    04/06/2003 7:50:22 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 273+ views
    The Times of India ^ | April 06 2003 | PTI
    NEW YORK: In the first major step towards establishing a physical Iraqi presence among coalition forces in their final surge towards Baghdad, the US military has begun airlifting Iraqi opposition fighters into southern Iraq. The airlift, which began Friday night, will put about 1,000 Iraqi opposition forces into a base in southern Iraq controlled by coalition forces, ABC television reported on Sunday. The force is under the control of the Iraqi National Congress and its leader Ahmed Chalabi, who will accompany his troops into Iraq. The opposition forces will also attempt to help set up liaison between US-led forces and...
  • Iraqi exiles fly in to incite anti-Saddam uprisings

    04/05/2003 3:09:12 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 313+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 6, 2003 | Marie Colvin
    Opposition mobilises free Iraqi force AMONG their ranks were an Iraqi American who had abandoned his grocery store in Missouri and a former nightclub bouncer from London. Hundreds of Iraqi exiles, assembled under the banner of the Free Iraqi Force, opened a new front in the battle to oust Saddam Hussein yesterday after flying to the south of the country on a perilous mission to incite rebellion in its cities. Guided by Colonel Ted Seel, a grizzled American Vietnam veteran and expert in psychological warfare, the force will use tribal contacts and guerrilla attacks to trigger uprisings in southern cities...
  • March 7, 2003, 9:10 a.m. Dangerous Waters Will the U.S. nurture an Islamist Iraq?

    03/29/2003 10:31:41 PM PST · by miltonim · 5 replies · 236+ views
    National Review ^ | March 7, 2003 | Paul Marshall
    Dangerous WatersWill the U.S. nurture an Islamist Iraq? A proposed first meeting of the Iraqi opposition on Iraqi soil has been delayed by disputes between Kurds and Turks, the late arrival of the U.S. delegation, and opposition leaders' criticism of American plans to install a temporary postwar military government. Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, fears the U.S. will leave Saddam Hussein's followers in charge. Kanan Makiya, an adviser to the Congress, says the U.S. may shunt aside those "who have invested whole lifetimes, and suffered greatly, fighting Saddam Hussein." However, another aspect of plans for Iraq...
  • KANAN MAKIYA'S WAR DIARY (How To Reconstruct post-Saddam Iraq)

    03/26/2003 10:16:07 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 277+ views
    New Republic Online ^ | 03/26/03 | KANAN MAKIYA
    KANAN MAKIYA'S WAR DIARY March 26 A new word has entered the English language: de-Baathification. Originally coined by Ahmed Chalabi, and honed by Ali Allawi, myself, and other Iraqi contributors to our Transition to Democracy report, the word has become part of Bush administration's vocabulary as it prepares to overhaul the state set up by Saddam Hussein's Baath Party in 1968. If you think about it, this is a very big victory for the democratic wing of the Iraqi opposition as it fights to make its case for what needs to be done the day after the shooting stops in...