Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi exile who helped spur U.S. invasion, dies of heart attack | The Washington Post

| November 03, 2015


“But his legacy will be forever linked to the build-up of the Iraq invasion. Chalabi, who had lived outside Iraq since the 1950s, was central in peddling questionable and bogus information about Hussein’s weapons program and linking him to al-Qaeda.” Full story here. Also see: The Manipulator | The New Yorker “When Chalabi was thirteen, the Iraqi Communist Party and the Army overthrew the royal family, and he was sent to Jordan for safety.


“But his legacy will be forever linked to the build-up of the Iraq invasion. Chalabi, who had lived outside Iraq since the 1950s, was central in peddling questionable and bogus information about Hussein’s weapons program and linking him to al-Qaeda.” Full story here.

Also see: The Manipulator | The New Yorker

“When Chalabi was thirteen, the Iraqi Communist Party and the Army overthrew the royal family, and he was sent to Jordan for safety. Thus began thirty-four years of exile. … Chalabi, who had become an international banker and financier, had surfaced almost immediately as the C.I.A.’s favored opposition figure. … A secular Shiite who was passionately dedicated to overthrowing Saddam, he spoke excellent English, dressed elegantly, and was well organized and impressively connected. He also displayed a facility for backroom political maneuvering. … The C.I.A.’s sponsorship of Chalabi came at an opportune moment. He had recently been convicted, in absentia, by a military court in Jordan for his part in a spectacular bank fraud that imperilled the country’s fragile economy. With the help of the U.S. government, Chalabi was able to recast himself from an accused swindler to a charismatic political leader and a champion of liberal democratic values.”

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