Saddam led anti-U.S. resistance

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 23 (UPI) -- Iraqi Shiite leader Ahmed Chalabi said ousted President Saddam Hussein led resistance against U.S.-led coalition forces until he was captured in December.

FBI probes Chalabi over Iran intelligence

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- Exiled Iraqi leader Ahmed Chalabi is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly tipping off Iran its spy code had been broken, the New York Times said.

Iraq council chief, Chalabi slam UN draft

BAGHDAD, May 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi Wednesday joined the growing list of Iraqi critics of the U.N. draft on his country's future.

DOD's Wolfowitz de-funded INC

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- The Pentagon cut off funding to the Iraqi National Congress because it did not want to fund one political party over another, a U.S. spokesman said Tuesday.

Draft Iraq resolution criticized

BAGHDAD, May 25 (UPI) -- A U.N. resolution presented by the United States and Britain on Iraqi sovereignty sharp criticism from Iraqi Governing Council members.

U.S.: Iraqis to try Saddam

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The United States said Monday it wants the Iraqis to decide who will try deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Senators call for Chalabi probe

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers have called for a probe into allegations that a former top Pentagon advisor in Iraq, Ahmed Chalabi, spied for Iran.

CP special court ordered raids on Chalabi

BAGHDAD, May 24 (UPI) -- A special court run by the Coalition Provisional Authority ordered raids on the offices and house of Iraqi National Congress chief Ahmed Chalabi.

Saudi paper: U.S. tricked into Iraq

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 24 (UPI) -- A pro-government Saudi daily said Monday former Iraqi opposition leader Ahmed Chalabi tricked the United States into Iraq.

Iran wants U.S. out of Iraq

TERHAN, Iran, May 23 (UPI) -- The Iranian government has criticized U.S. policies in Iraq and says it wants coalition forces to leave as soon as possible.

Chalabi's followers demonstrate in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, May 21 (UPI) -- Followers of Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, demonstrated in Baghdad Friday to protest against raids on the group's offices.

CBS: Chalabi passed info to Iran

BAGHDAD, May 20 (UPI) -- CBS reported there is evidence Iraqi Shiite leader Ahmed Chalabi passed U.S. intelligence on to Iran.

U.S. raids Chalabi home

BAGHDAD, May 20 (UPI) -- U.S. and Iraqi troops Thursday raided the home of key U.S. ally Ahmed Chalabi, the BBC reported.

Jackson wants to block payments to Chalabi

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A congressman is threatening to block U.S. payments to the Iraqi National Congress until it is determined if the group used the money to lobby the U.S. government to invade Iraq.

Iraq to attend upcoming Arab summit

BAGHDAD, March 11 (UPI) -- The leader of Iraq's Governing Council, Mohammed Bahr el-Ouloum, will lead Iraq's delegation to the Arab summit in Tunisia later thi month.
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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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