Iraq Press Roundup

In an editorial Tuesday titled "Karada Massacre," Falah al-Mishaal, editor of state-run Al Sabah newspaper, said Arab, Muslim and other countries were silent on
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, May 20, 2007.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, June 2, the 153rd of 2006 with 212 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Saturday, May 20, the 140th day of 2006 with 225 to follow.
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Iraq oil exports down in December

BAGHDAD, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Iraq's oil exports in December were the lowest since the U.S. invasion in March 2003.

Chalabi takes over Iraq oil ministry

BAGHDAD, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi has been put in charge of Iraq's oil ministry for at least a month.

Chalabi may be shut out of Iraqi Assembly

BAGHDAD, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- One-time U.S.-favored Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi is unlikely to win enough votes to join the new Iraqi Assembly, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. With 95 percent of a preliminary tally from the Dec. 15 vote completed, Chalabi remained almost 8,00

Chalabi: No more Australian wheat

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government says it will buy no more Australian wheat until it is reimbursed for kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein under the oil-for-food program.

Iraq announces new security measures

BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government said it was implementing a series of new security measures to curb terror attacks which claimed the lives of 150 people Wednesday.

Chalabi's top aide assassinated in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A top aide for Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi was killed Thursday when gunmen stormed his Baghdad house and shot him in front of his family.

Saddam partisan accused of Chalabi attempt

BAGHDAD, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi National Congress accused ousted dictator Saddam Hussein's followers of the failed attempt to kill Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi.

Sistani urges all Iraqis to help in draft

BAGHDAD, July 27 (UPI) -- Iraq's highest Shiite religious authority Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged all Iraqi factions to participate in drafting Iraq's new constitution.

Jordan Islamists seek to punish Chalabi

AMMAN, Jordan, June 4 (UPI) -- Jordan Islamic lawmakers called on Prime Minister Adnan Badran Saturday to exclude Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi from a general amnesty.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, June 2, the 153rd of 2005 with 212 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, May 20, the 140th day of 2005 with 225 to follow.
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Ahmed Chalabi
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi speaks at an American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington on November 9, 2005. Chalabi is on an eight day trip to the United States. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Ahmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi (Arabic: أحمد الجلبي‎) (born October 30, 1944) is an Iraqi politician. He was interim oil minister in Iraq in April-May 2005 and December-January 2006 and deputy prime minister from May 2005 until May 2006. Chalabi failed to win a seat in parliament in the December 2005 elections, and when the new Iraqi cabinet was announced in May 2006, he was not awarded a post. Once dubbed the "George Washington of Iraq" he has fallen out of favor and is currently under investigation by several U.S. government sources. He was also the subject of a 2008 biography by investigative journalist Aram Roston, The Man Who Pushed America to War; The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, And Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi.

Chalabi was also part of a three-man executive council for the umbrella Iraqi opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), created in 1992 for the purpose of fomenting the overthrow of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. Although the INC received major funding and assistance from the United States, it never had any influence or any following to speak of in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. The INC's influence gradually waned until the December 2005 elections, in which it failed to win a single seat in Parliament.

Chalabi is a controversial figure for many reasons. In the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, under his guidance the INC, with the assistance of lobbying powerhouse BKSH & Associates, provided a major portion of the information on which U.S. Intelligence based its condemnation of Saddam Hussein, including reports of weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to al-Qaeda. Most, if not all, of this information has turned out to be fictitious. That, combined with the fact that Chalabi subsequently boasted, in an interview with the British Sunday Telegraph, about the impact that their alleged falsifications had on American policy, led to a falling out between him and the United States. Furthermore, Chalabi has been found guilty of the Petra banking scandal in Jordan (see below).

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