June 11, 2003 |
Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been seen north of Baghdad and is paying a bounty for every American soldier killed, the leader of an Iraqi exile group said Tuesday. Hussein has $1.3 billion in cash taken from the Central Bank on March 18, is bent on revenge and believes that he can "sit it out," said Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress. In Washington, Pentagon officials said Tuesday that they had no information that would support the claims.
May 11, 2003 |
Hailed by some in the Pentagon as a pro-American visionary and an emerging leader of the new Iraq, Ahmad Chalabi evokes quite a different response in Jordan, where he spent 12 years and left behind economic chaos, a court conviction on numerous financial charges -- and a lengthy prison term he never served. The Iraqi dissident's sojourn here engendered a complex web of ambition, money and political intrigue.
April 25, 2003 |
With Iraqis adrift and clamoring for leadership, the American general in charge of rebuilding the nation said Thursday that a new government would begin functioning next week, and that fresh rulers would soon emerge. But retired Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, on his second day in Baghdad, offered few specifics and failed to satisfy the hunger here for information about how people will lead their lives in the coming weeks and months.
April 24, 2003 |
In the jockeying for control of postwar Iraq, few men have the name recognition -- in Washington at least -- of Ahmad Chalabi, the businessman whose return to his homeland after nearly half a century in exile was made possible by a Pentagon aircraft. As new political parties spring up across the nation, Chalabi's Iraqi Democratic Conference is attempting to stay ahead of the crowd by signing up scores of recruits every day.
April 20, 2003 |
When the news hit here that Iraqi National Congress Chairman Ahmad Chalabi had been airlifted by the U.S. into Nasiriyah with a band of Iraqi soldiers April 6, people were puzzled. They did not see a resistance leader heading home after decades of exile: They saw a fugitive. To much of the world, Chalabi, 58, has been in recent years the most visible face of the Iraqi opposition. Through the INC, which he founded more than a decade ago, he has tirelessly lobbied the U.S.
April 14, 2003 |
They're butchers, bakers and fast-food makers with Russian rifles and mismatched uniforms. They hail from Arizona, Syria and Norway and they're here to forge a new Iraq. As the long-feared armies and security tentacles of Saddam Hussein's government are replaced or melt away, the U.S.-funded Free Iraqi Forces hope to fill the vacuum and become the heart of the new army. They have a ways to go.
April 13, 2003 |
At the start of the war with Iraq, President Bush put the Pentagon on a long leash. He said he wasn't going to micromanage military commanders, that they could make "operational" decisions on their own. Last week, one of those decisions was to airlift a controversial Iraqi-exile leader -- Ahmad Chalabi -- into his native country, along with hundreds of his armed supporters.
April 9, 2003 |
As word spread through southern Iraq on Tuesday that the U.S. had airlifted Iraqi National Congress head Ahmad Chalabi into the region, some Iraqis questioned the leadership credentials of a man who has lived comfortably abroad while so many endured the rule of Saddam Hussein. "We don't want any leaders coming from London," said Saad Mohamed, 30, a trader. "They go out to bars, don't know anything about Iraq, were paid by the Americans and now think they can just take over the country."
April 8, 2003 |
This is the make-or-break moment for Ahmad Chalabi, the U.S.-educated banker and convicted felon who has both impressed and alienated a string of U.S. administrations by portraying himself as the Spartacus of Iraq, a warrior-politician who could mobilize tens of thousands to oust Saddam Hussein. Airlifted by the U.S. military Sunday into southern Iraq, he now has a chance to prove his claims.
April 7, 2003 |
U.S. military forces airlifted Ahmed Chalabi, the head of the Iraqi National Congress, into southern Iraq on Sunday, along with hundreds of followers described by his London-based opposition group as soldiers who will fight to topple Saddam Hussein. Supporters and opponents of Chalabi interpreted the move as a Pentagon-backed bid to enhance his standing in postwar Iraq. The force, called the 1st Battalion Free Iraqi Forces, is composed of fewer than 500 men but could grow to 700.