How Ahmed Chalabi's Faulty Intel Altered US Course in Iraq

Ahmed Chalabi was a friend and foe to the U.S. government who played a major role in goading the Bush administration and intelligence agencies to act on false intelligence that Saddam Hussein’s regime had weapons of mass destruction and connections to al Qaeda, experts say. Chalabi died Tuesday at age 71, having never succeeded in leading Iraq as observers say he and his supporters had hoped. The former math professor with degrees from MIT and the University of Chicago and head of the Iraqi National Congress had been living in exile in the United States and U.K. when he became one of the first people to popularize the idea of getting rid of Hussein in the United States.

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