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 .
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