FROM Christian Berthelsen
The Political Resurrection of Ahmad Chalabi Before the Iraq war, Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress got millions from the Pentagon, but his claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction turned out to be false. Not long after the US invasion, the military raided 11 of his properties in Iraq, and he was accused of passing secrets to Iran. Three years later, Chalabi's back, in charge of restoring vital services to Baghdad and surrounding communities, racing through Baghdad in armed convoys, and holding conferences with top US and Iraqi officials. Today's Los Angeles Times chronicles Chalabi's rise, fall and spectacular re-emergence as a figure of influence in Iraq. Christian Berthelsen wrote the story .
Suicide Bombing in Iraq as Security Handovers Continue In Iraq, the US has turned over Karbala, south of Baghdad, to Iraqi forces. It's the eighth of 18 provinces now in Iraqi control. At same time today, a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 28 police officers in Diyala Province and wounded another 20. Christian Berthelsen is in Baghdad for the Los Angeles Times .
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.