Chalabi Rides Surge Back Into Office

The divisive Iraqi politician will build public backing for security push
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2007 11:04 AM CST
Ahmed Chalabi   (KRT Photos)

(Newser) – Ahmed Chalabi, the former U.S. darling and deputy prime minister spurned by Iraqi voters in the 2005 elections, is back in office. He won a post created as a buffer between residents and the troops pouring into Baghdad for the new security push. Chalabi's new role involves organizing reimbursement for citizens whose property is damaged by counterinsurgency raids.

A gifted politician with a talent for reinvention, Chalabi has many critics in both the U.S. and Iraq."The question is whether he is really doing this to help, or whether he's trying to build himself a new political base in Baghdad or carry water for the Shiites," said a senior American official here.