Disinformation and misinformation

Disinformation and misinformation

An Iraqi defector seeking to reunite with his girlfriend and a Jordanian banker fleeing corruption allegations duped the United States into invading Iraq.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large

Commentary: Global gridlock -- and lockjaw

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- A former national security adviser says the United States faces its biggest threat since the fear of nuclear war with the Soviet Union: Cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare.

Commentary: Defense: Mutatis mutandis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Sequestration, or confiscating something of value, gave pause to reassess a U.S. defense budget that is now 46 percent of the entire world’s defense spending.

Political chaos hits Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government violated the principles of the state constitution when it barred the vice president from leaving the country, a political party claimed.
Iran, Syria back Iraq's Allawi for PM?

Iran, Syria back Iraq's Allawi for PM?

BAGHDAD, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Damascus and Tehran have thrown their weight behind Iyad Allawi to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the March elections, sources said Wednesday.

Baathist purge in Iraq goes local

BAGHDAD, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The de-Baathification effort unsettling the political scene ahead of parliamentary elections in Iraq has made its way to the provincial level, officials said.

Iraqis back election transparency plea

BAGHDAD, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi lawmakers backed a measure introduced Wednesday by Deputy Prime Minister Rafi al-Issawi calling for a transparent parliamentary election in March.

Iraq's Chalabi escapes suicide bombing

BAGHDAD, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Six people, including five from the entourage of Iraqi Shiite politician Ahmed Chalabi, were slain in a Baghdad suicide bombing attack, officials said.

Analysis: Report fans Iran attack fears

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. officials have denied claims that U.S. Special Forces are already operating across the Iraqi border in Iran, but Seymour Hersh's claim that senior U.S. generals are opposing American airstrikes against Iran reflects very real divisions in the Pentagon and the Bush administration.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 20, 2008.
By United Press International

Iraq Press Roundup

Shebab Al Iraq Newspaper had an editorial Thursday with the title "Has Al Maliki opened Hell's door?" highlighting the role of the Islamist leaders to solve the crisis in Basra city.
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Lobbyist Black driving McCain's success

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Arizona Sen. John McCain emerged as the GOP standard-bearer in the presidential race with the help of veteran insider Charlie Black, observers say.

Refugees starting to return to Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government has no plan to deal with the consequences of the return of refugees, such as the 375 who came back from Syria Thursday, it was reported.

Iraq contractor sued over death of soldier

HOUSTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A Texas man has sued a private British security firm for causing the death of his son, a U.S. soldier serving in Iraq.

Iraq Press Roundup

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Baghdad-based independent Al Mada newspaper Monday ran a story with the headline “Talabani has talks with Maliki, Adil Bdul Mehdi on situation; rejects resignation of the Iraq Accordance Front ministers; welcomes the political council's position toward prisoners."
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent
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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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