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Ahmad Chalabi dies at 71; former Iraqi exile was leading advocate of 2003 war

Ahmad Chalabi dies at 71; former Iraqi exile was leading advocate of 2003 war

Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi exile whose false claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and ties to Al Qaeda helped convince the George W. Bush administration to invade Iraq to execute regime change, was found dead at his Baghdad home on Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

A controversial but indisputably influential political force in Washington and London as well as his homeland, Chalabi never achieved his ambition to lead post-war Iraq and left a legacy replete with missteps.

The U.S.-educated mathematician-turned-political-lobbyist founded the Iraqi National Congress with other exiles in 1992 and six years later persuaded Congress to pass the...

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