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 .
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."