Thursday, May 20, 2004

U.S. troops raid Chalabi's home and office 

This is a very strange development:
U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police raided the residence of Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi on Thursday, and aides accused the Americans of holding guns to his head and bullying him over his criticism of plans for next month's transfer of sovereignty.

Chalabi was the Pentagon's favorite, and allegedly a leading source for our belief that Saddam had significant stockpiles of WMD. He is now making some trouble for Paul Bremer and the U.S. investigation into the oil-for-food bribery scandal. So is this raid an attempt to intimidate Chalabi, as he and his aides maintain, or is there a reason to believe that he is obstructing justice? Is Chalabi covering up, or is he opposing a cover-up? Read the whole thing, and watch the web for further developments.


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