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Chalabi takes over Iraq Oil Ministry

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  1. Zuma

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    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/35CADFBB-7D78-4847-85E2-3E6AE80BDC67.htm

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Ahmad Chalabi, Iraq's deputy prime minister, has assumed direct control of the powerful Oil Ministry amid growing panic over an anticipated fuel shortage.[/font]

    Chalabi, who has been improving his relations with Washington after falling out with the US administration, was appointed acting oil minister after the incumbent Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum was given leave, officials said on Friday.

    His takeover coincided with long lines forming at petrol stations in Baghdad, as words spread that Iraq's largest oil refinery had shut down and a crippling petrol shortage was inevitable.

    Chalabi, who supported Uloum for the post when a US-backed government was formed earlier this year, is already the head of the Oil Council, a cabinet-level board, and his influence on Iraq's economic and commodities policy is massive.
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    http://www.iraqinews.com/people_chalabi.shtml

    He is among the most unpopular of all Iraqi officials- both here and abroad. I'm frankly surprised he's still alive, considering all the groups that oppose him.

    Now, considering his broad opposition, and the fact that we raided his office after learning of his working for the Iranian counter-intelligence, why on earth did we allow him to take over the oil ministry? Or is this thing completely out of our hands??

    He must have some major blackmail material on Rumsfeld's cabal that he keeps using for leverage.
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    Distrust him as they may however, Iraqis suspect that Chalabi will be a looming presence in Iraq for years to come. Since he returned to Baghdad just over a year ago he has succeeded in building a financial powerbase both in business and key sectors of the fledgling Iraqi administration. His prescient seizure of Saddam's intelligence files a year ago has equipped him with a useful tool to intimidate opponents. In politics, despite his apparent lack of general appeal, he has been carving out a role as the Ian Paisley of the Iraqi Shia, fomenting sectarian assertiveness and brokering deals. At the same time, he has maintained his foreign alliances, not merely with the neo-conservatives in the Pentagon and right wing Washington think tanks, who are still insisting that he should have been installed in power in Baghdad by the US a year ago, but also in Tehran. Chalabi's connections to the most hardline elements in Iran, particularly the intelligence officers of the Revolutionary Guards, are longstanding and still flourish today.
    http://counterpunch.org/chalabi05202004.html


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    He is blackmailing us, plain and simple. This guy is a major snake.
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    Once tabbed by some U.S. officials as a future leader of Iraq, Chalabi suffered a series of blows following the U.S.-led invasion, beginning when intelligence he provided to the Pentagon about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction proved false. He was later accused of passing U.S. secrets to the government of Iran. But in recent months, several U.S. officials have praised Chalabi's technical expertise and ability to facilitate agreements among feuding factions within the government. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/30/AR2005123001307.html
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    I guess Iraq is becoming more like the US, They have Chalabi and we have Ted Kennedy.
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    Ted Kennedy - Oil Minister...I agree...it does have a nice ring to it.
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