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  • 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...
  • U.S. not ready to go after Hussein

    12/19/2001 8:44:12 PM PST · by StoneColdGOP · 7 replies · 83+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | December 19, 2001 | By Warren P. Strobel
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush and his top advisers have decided, for now, against launching a war to overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the next phase of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, according to senior U.S. officials and Western diplomats. With the al-Qaeda terrorist network all but vanquished in Afghanistan, speculation has been growing that Bush would turn his sights on Hussein, a longtime U.S. nemesis who is known to have chemical and biological weapons. Iraq also is believed to be working on obtaining nuclear weapons. But the officials and diplomats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Bush's ...
  • Bush Officials OK with Guy Who Sold U.S. on WMDs as Iraq’s Next PM

    07/08/2014 8:45:19 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July8 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Save for the omnipresent Dick Cheney, the gaggle of Bush administration officials who emerged two weeks ago to lament the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq have largely disappeared from the public debate. But that doesn’t mean they’re gone. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Bush advisor Richard Perle both expressed openness in the past days to Ahmad Chalabi as a replacement for embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Chalabi is a notorious figure from the early days of the Iraq War, as he supplied the United States with a great deal of falsified intelligence upon which the Bush administration...
  • Libyans release suspect linked to Benghazi attack

    06/27/2013 5:49:53 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2013
    Libya's government earlier this month released a key terror suspect who U.S. officials say was involved in planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi. Faraj al Chalabi, (also spelled Shibli) an al Qaeda terrorist also linked to the 1994 terrorist murder of two German tourists, was detained by the Tripoli government in March. However, al Chalabi was released June 12 based on claims that there was a lack of evidence to hold him custody. A U.S. official said the U.S. government has evidence al Chalabi was linked to the Benghazi attack but did...
  • The tragic saga of the Iraqi who dared come to Israel

    05/14/2005 7:55:39 PM PDT · by Alouette · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 15, 2005 | Dana Rosenblatt
    Coiffed, groomed and impeccably suited, Mithal al-Alusi cuts an imposing figure at this trendy hotel. In the empty bar lounge, he makes himself at home to a breakfast of fresh fruit, strong coffee and a constant flow of cigarettes. The leader of the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation is in town to promote his vision for a new Iraq and accept an accolade from an unlikely sponsor – the American Jewish Committee – who honored him with a Moral Courage award at their annual dinner last week. His act of courage was an attempt to break Iraq's long-standing taboo...
  • Late Iraqi Councilor Only Saddam Holdover

    09/25/2003 8:03:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 155+ views
    9/25/03
    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...
  • The Palin Doctrine emerges

    03/19/2011 8:55:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Wizbang ^ | March 18, 2011
    The New York Sun carries a piece sure to stir up the Palin haters and embolden the Palin lovers: The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state -- in this case asking that a UN "no-fly zone" be imposed over Libya - is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America's response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there. The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a...
  • Palin Doctrine Emerges as Arab League Echoes Her Demarche on Libya

    03/16/2011 2:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | March 16, 2011 | Benyamin Korn, Special to the Sun
    The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there. The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to...
  • Ballots beat bombs: Iraqis vote for democracy

    03/09/2010 3:43:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 1 replies · 84+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 9, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    Threats, bombs and at least 36 dead didn't stop Iraqis from voting on Sunday. But the harder part -- forming a new, more inclusive national government -- lies ahead. Formal results won't come for a few days. We'll learn how many votes, authentic and fraudulent, went to each of the big five parties and fringe elements. But the news looks good, so far. The biggest question for us in this election has been how much influence Iran might have in the aftermath. Tehran pulled out all the stops -- funneling in money and agents, sponsoring terror and engaging in no...
  • Chalabi's Revenge

    07/22/2008 5:47:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 620+ views
    theatlantic.com ^ | July 22, 2008 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Two sources, one in Iraq, the other in Washington, told me that Ahmed Chalabi was key in Maliki's decision to rather ostentatiously endorse Barack Obama's Iraq withdrawal time-line. Chalabi, of course, has been in and out -- mostly out -- of favor with the Bush Administration, but it's not merely revenge that motivated his advice to Maliki. "Chalabi knows American politics better than nearly every other Iraqi politician, and he knows it's time to line up with the candidate who has the better-than-even shot of becoming President," one source told me.
  • ISF, SOI Presence Allows Families to Begin Moving Home

    05/11/2008 8:57:03 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Raymond Nutter
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Two years ago, al-Qaeda destroyed the Chalabi village in the Sayafiyah region. A Shia tribe in a predominately Sunni area, the Chalabis fled to Mahmudiyah, Baghdad and other surrounding areas. About four months ago, Coalition forces entered the area and set up Sons of Iraq security and Iraqi Army checkpoints. Soon after, Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discovered residents had returned to the area. “These families had heard from word of mouth that the area was now secure so now they are...
  • Fatal errors

    03/24/2008 5:15:42 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 308+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 14 2008 | Stephen Fidler
    The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi By Aram Roston Nation Books $27.50, 369 pages What do the arch hawks of the Bush administration, such as Paul Wolfowitz, have in common with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard? Answer: they both fêted Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi banker who put “regime change” in Baghdad at the top of the US policy agenda. In this biography, American investigative reporter Aram Roston says Chalabi and his organisations took millions from the US government, even as he continued to talk to Iranian intelligence services. While it uncovers...
  • Shadow Warriors--The untold story of traitors, saboteurs, and the party of surrender.

    02/04/2008 5:11:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies · 765+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 2-4-08 | David Forsmark
        Shadow Warriors   By David ForsmarkFrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, February 04, 2008 Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of SurrenderBy Kenneth TimmermanCrown Forum, $25.95, 404 pp. At long last, the CIA and the State Department have targeted a government they have identified as an aggressive threat to world peace and largely countered its foreign policy through psy-ops, propaganda, selective leaks of intelligence and covert operations.And who was the target of this covert campaign? Are these operations aimed at the Islamofascists in Iran? How about Vladimir Putin and his increasingly fascist government in Russia?...
  • “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...
  • Shadow Warriors--a secret plot to destroy the presidency of George W. Bush

    12/12/2007 7:12:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 65 replies · 967+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-12-07 | Jamie Glazov
      Shadow Warriors   By Jamie GlazovFrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Kenneth R. Timmerman, the New York Times bestselling author of Countdown to Crisis, The French Betrayal of America, Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America, and Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq. In 2006 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his groundbreaking reporting on Iran ’s nuclear weapons program. He is the author of the new book, Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender. FP: Kenneth Timmerman, welcome to Frontpage...
  • US soldier's family brings legal action against British private security firm [in Iraq]

    10/30/2007 4:39:27 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 11 replies · 63+ views
    Guardian ^ | October 30 2007 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    A British private security firm hired to protect oil installations of post-invasion Iraq is being sued for causing the death of an American soldier. The case against the Erinys security firm, which reportedly has close ties to the former Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi, is believed to be the first brought against a private security contractor operating in Iraq by a member of the US military. It comes at a time of rising unease about the actions of private security firms in Iraq after 17 Iraqi civilians were shot dead in Baghdad by Blackwater guards travelling with a convoy of US...
  • Baghdad 'Surge'Returns Chalabi To Center Stage

    02/23/2007 4:17:08 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 17 replies · 580+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 February 2007 | YOCHI J. DREAZEN
    In his latest remarkable political reincarnation, onetime U.S. favorite Ahmed Chalabi has secured a position inside the Iraqi government that could help determine whether the Bush administration's new push to secure Baghdad succeeds. In a new post created earlier this year, Mr. Chalabi will serve as an intermediary between Baghdad residents and the Iraqi and U.S. security forces mounting an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign across the city. The position is meant to help Iraqis arrange reimbursement for damage to their cars and homes caused by the security sweeps in the hope of maintaining public support for the strategy. Mr. Chalabi's writ...
  • Where Plan A Left Ahmad Chalabi

    11/05/2006 7:17:07 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 2 replies · 433+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 5, 2006 | Dexter Filkins
    1. London, August 2006 Many miles away in a more dangerous place the dream is ending badly. The bodies pile up. Good people stream to the borders. Leaders pile money onto planes. The center is giving way. The apartment on South Street in London is an antidote to Baghdad in nearly every respect. Where the Iraqi capital rings with chaos and violence, the sidewalks of Mayfair are quiet enough to hear your own voice above the cars. Baghdad is treeless and tan; the South Street apartment opens onto a private park filled with the lushness of an English garden. Just...
  • 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...