Notorious Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi dies at 71

Published November 3rd, 2015 - 11:50 GMT

Ahmad Chalabi, a veteran Iraqi politician who frequented the country’s political scene in senior posts in the 2000s, has died of a heart attack in the capital, Baghdad, at the age of 71.

Haitham al-Jabouri, the secretary of the Iraqi parliament’s financial panel, said Chalabi had been found dead in his bed in his Baghdad home on Tuesday.

Chalabi was a vocal opponent of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Chalabi spent decades in the US and the United Kingdom in exile. He returned to his country after Saddam’s downfall, which came about with the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In March that year, former US President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq under the pretext that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). In October 2004, however, a US Central Intelligence Agency report revealed that he did not have any active WMD program at the time of the invasion.

Chalabi served as the interim oil minister and deputy prime minister in 2005 and 2006.

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