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Another Anxious Journey for Chalabi: Across the Iraq Insurgency’s Heartland

Ahmed Chalabi has had a dizzying succession of roles amid the turmoil of Iraq: initially, as the Pentagon’s favorite to succeed Saddam Hussein, and when that relationship soured, as a petitioner for favors among the ruling ayatollahs of Iran. Earlier this year, he surfaced as political partner of Moktada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric who twice staged uprisings against American troops.But on Sunday, Mr. Chalabi offered a new dimension to his reputation. A month into a new job as a deputy prime minister in the new Shiite-led government, he set off on a nearly 400-mile road trip across northern and central Iraq. His purpose was to stamp his authority on the country’s troubled northern oilfields, in his capacity as the overseer of energy in the new government.Full Story

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