Ahmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi was born on October 30, 1944, and died on November 3, 2015 from a heart attack, he was an Iraqi politician.
Ahmed was interim Minister of Oil in Iraq in April–May 2005 and December 2005 – January 2006 and Deputy Prime Minister from May 2005 to May 2006.
He failed to win a seat in parliament in the December 2005 elections, and when the new Iraqi cabinet was announced in May 2006, he was not given a post.
Once dubbed the “George Washington of Iraq” by American supporters, he later fell out of favour and came under investigation by several U.S. government sources.
Ahmed was also the subject of a 2008 biography by investigative journalist Aram Roston, The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures, And Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi and a 2011 biography by 60 Minutes producer Richard Bonin, Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi’s Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq.
Ahmed was a controversial figure, especially in the United States, for many reasons.
In the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Iraqi National Congress (INC), with the assistance of lobbying powerhouse BKSH & Associates, provided a major portion of the information on which U.S. Intelligence based its condemnation of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, including reports of weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to al-Qaeda.
Most, if not all, of this information has turned out to be false and Ahmed has been called a fabricator.
That, combined with the fact that Ahmed subsequently boasted, in an interview with the British Sunday Telegraph, about the impact that their alleged falsifications had on American policy, led to a falling out between him and the U.S. government.
Furthermore, Ahmed was found guilty in the Petra banking scandal in Jordan.
In January 2012, a French intelligence official stated that they believed Ahmed to be an Iranian agent.
Ahmed passed away at age 71 in November 2015.