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Ahmed Chalabi was a controversial Iraqi politician who served as deputy prime minister of Iraq for a brief period

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BirthdayOctober 30, 1944
Died onNovember 3, 2015
NationalityIraqi
FamousFormer Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, University Of Chicago, Leaders, Political Leaders
SpousesLeila Osseiran (m. 1971–2015)
Known asAhmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi
Childrens Hadi Chalabi, Hashim Chalabi, Mariam Chalabi, Tamara Chalabi
Universities
  • Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT),University Of Chicago
  • University of Chicago
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Notable Alumnis
  • Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT)
  • University Of Chicago
Birth PlaceKadhimiya, Iraq
Political IdeologyIraqi National Congress
ReligionShia Islam
GenderMale
Sun SignScorpio
Born inKadhimiya, Iraq
Famous asFormer Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Died at Age71

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Who is Ahmed Chalabi?

Ahmed Chalabi was an Iraqi politician who served as deputy Prime Minister of Iraq between 2005 and 2006. He also served as an Oil Minister for a brief period between 2005 and 2006. Chalabi was a controversial personality - more known for his controversies than his work and figured in as a scandalous subject in the US foreign policy. He was tagged ‘Washington of Iraq’ by the American supporters. He was also touted as the single most person responsible for contorting US policy towards Iraq. The book ‘Arrows of the Night’, written by Richard Bonin outlines the chilling chronicles of how Chalabi was successful in conning almost everyone including American establishment, Central Intelligence Agency, Iran’s intelligence chief in overthrowing Sadam Hussein out of gear. It was the common interest between Chalabi and the US that made them come together to work for a regime change by deposing Saddam Hussein from power. Chalabi was able to manipulate the U.S. government into invading Iraq.

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Childhood & Early Life

Ahmed Chalabi was born on 30 October 1944 in Baghdad. He hails from one of the richest, prominent and elite families Shia families of Baghdad. In 1956, Chalabi and his family left Iraq due to deteriorating political situation. He spent most time in the United States of America and United Kingdom.

Ever since the time they fled, Chalabli was perennially obsessed with overthrowing the regime in Bhagdad which was led by Sadam Hussien.

He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the mid-1960s and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, in 1969.

Career

Soon after Chalabi obtained his PhD, he took up a position in the Mathematics Department at the American University of Beirut.

Chalabi founded the Petra Bank in Jordan in 1977. At that time, an order was passed for all banks to deposit 35% of their reserves with the Central Bank. All banks complied with this barring Petra Bank.

After a thorough investigation, Petra Bank was accused of false accounting which led Chalabi to flee from the country before the authorities could take action. He was convicted in absentia for a bank fraud by a Jordanian military tribunal. He was slapped with a charge of 22 years of prison if he ever attempted to enter Jordan again.

The controversy surrounding Chalabi had just started growing when he was made the head of the Iraqi National Congress, an umbrella position group that received a lot of support and money from the American Government as the group attempted to overthrow the Saddam rule.

Chalabi fled the country again when lot of his supporters were killed while organizing a resistance movement among Kurds in Northern Iraq in mid 1990s.

Chalabi was instrumental in persuading the US government and US media specially the ‘New York Times’ about Sadam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction and having the wherewithals to make them. The U.S. finally invaded Iraq in 2003. After the U.S invasion of Iraq, he was accommodated in the Iraq interim governing council by the Coalition Provisional Authority. He served as president of the council in September 2003. He denounced a plan to let the UN choose an interim government for Iraq.

During the period from March 2000 to September 2003, the U.S. State Department paid nearly $33 million to the Iraqi National Congress (INC). Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress was paid about $335,000 per month by the Defense Intelligence Agency until 28 May 2004. Later in 2004, the US government discontinued the payment for Chalabi.

When Chalabi fell out with the United States Department, he found a new political position as a Champion of Iraqi’s Shi’ites.

Chalabi along with other members of the INC were accused for fraud involving the exchange of Iraqi currency, major theft of both national and private assets, and various other criminal charges.

In 2005, he earned back enough trust to be named as deputy Prime Minister as well as acting oil minister. He assumed the office of deputy prime minister on 28 April 2005. In the elections held in December 2005, Chalabi’s alliance failed to win a single seat in Parliament.

In 2007, Chalabi was appointed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to head the Iraqi services committee. The committee's task included restoring electricity, health, education and local security services to Baghdad neighbourhoods.

In January 2012, Western intelligence agencies alleged that Chalabi was working with the leading opposition group in Bahrain, Al Wefaq National Islamic Society.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1971, Chalabi married Leila Osseiran, daughter of Lebanese politician Adil Osseiran. The couple have four children.

In 2008, he had a narrow escape when his motorcade was attacked in the Tony Mansour neighbourhood of Bhagdad. At least 5 people from Chalabi’s group were killed.

Ahmed Chalabi died on 3 November 2015, apparently after a heart attack at his home in Kadhimiya, Baghdad.

Trivia

Chalabi also reportedly misled a team of reporters from ABC News and British publications by arranging interviews with 'Saddam's Mistress,' Parisoula Lampsos, who peddled countless lies about a meeting between Hussein and Osama Bin Laden.

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Ahmed Chalabi biography timelines

  • // 30th Oct 1944
    Ahmed Chalabi was born on 30 October 1944 in Baghdad. He hails from one of the richest, prominent and elite families Shia families of Baghdad. In 1956, Chalabi and his family left Iraq due to deteriorating political situation. He spent most time in the United States of America and United Kingdom.
  • // 1969
    He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the mid-1960s and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, in 1969.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, Chalabi married Leila Osseiran, daughter of Lebanese politician Adil Osseiran. The couple have four children.
  • // 1977
    Chalabi founded the Petra Bank in Jordan in 1977. At that time, an order was passed for all banks to deposit 35% of their reserves with the Central Bank. All banks complied with this barring Petra Bank.
  • // 2003
    Chalabi was instrumental in persuading the US government and US media specially the ‘New York Times’ about Sadam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction and having the wherewithals to make them. The U.S. finally invaded Iraq in 2003. After the U.S invasion of Iraq, he was accommodated in the Iraq interim governing council by the Coalition Provisional Authority. He served as president of the council in September 2003. He denounced a plan to let the UN choose an interim government for Iraq.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he earned back enough trust to be named as deputy Prime Minister as well as acting oil minister. He assumed the office of deputy prime minister on 28 April 2005. In the elections held in December 2005, Chalabi’s alliance failed to win a single seat in Parliament.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, Chalabi was appointed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to head the Iraqi services committee. The committee's task included restoring electricity, health, education and local security services to Baghdad neighbourhoods.
  • // 3rd Nov 2015
    Ahmed Chalabi died on 3 November 2015, apparently after a heart attack at his home in Kadhimiya, Baghdad.

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    Ahmed Chalabi's spouses is Leila Osseiran (m. 1971–2015)

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    Ahmed Chalabi's childrens is Hadi Chalabi, Hashim Chalabi, Mariam Chalabi, Tamara Chalabi

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    Ahmed Chalabi studied at Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT),University Of Chicago, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Ahmed Chalabi's notable alumnis is Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT), University Of Chicago

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    Ahmed Chalabi's political ideology is Iraqi National Congress

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    Ahmed Chalabi's religion is Shia Islam

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