Ahmed Chalabi has resurfaced in Iraq. His latest role will help the U.S. government determine the success of the current troop surge. The following was reported in the Wall Street Journal:
In a new post created earlier this year, Mr. Chalabi will serve as an intermediary between Baghdad residents and the Iraqi and U.S. security forces mounting an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign across the city. The position is meant to help Iraqis arrange reimbursement for damage to their cars and homes caused by the security sweeps in the hope of maintaining public support for the strategy.
Yes, this is the same guy who is wanted in Jordan for embazzling millions of dinars, the same guy who was recently on the outs with the Bush administration for sharing military information with Iran, who ran for election in Iraq and lost by a wide margin, and who was the source for Judith Miller’s false WMD reports in the New York Times. Rumor says his close ties with Moktadr are responsible for his latest elevation.
Last week Moktadr al-Sadr had given his support for the military surge and urged his militia to withdraw to Iran. Now Moktadr has reversed his support.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was flown to Amman, Jordan for medical treatment in a medically equipped plane supplied by the U.S. The unofficial report was heart attack. Talabani, a Kurd, walked on and off the plane.