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Ahmed Chalabi, key architect of Saddam's downfall, dies

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Ahmed Chalabi, key architect of Saddam's downfall, dies

<p>The Iraqi politician who is said to have played a key role in persuading the US to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003 has died.</p> <p>Ahmed Chalabi was reportedly found in bed at his home in Baghdad.</p> <p>He is thought to have had a heart attack. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Prominent Iraqi politician who pushed for US invasion reportedly dead <a href="https://t.co/qSawCbde9r">https://t.co/qSawCbde9r</a> <a href="https://t.co/PQGk2e8Vym">pic.twitter.com/PQGk2e8Vym</a></p>— Business Insider (@businessinsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/661466083258445824">November 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <h3>US involvement in Iraq</h3> <p> <p>Chalabi is widely considered as the man who helped nudge the US into invading Iraq in 2003.</p> <p>He claimed to have information about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction which was later discredited.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Iraqi politician who pressed for US invasion dies of heart attack <a href="https://t.co/ir5KjBNCpd">https://t.co/ir5KjBNCpd</a></p>— The Guardian (@guardian) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardian/status/661466730045300736">November 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">U.S. Marine watches the statue of Saddam Hussein fall in Firdos Square, Baghdad, Iraq on April 9, 2003. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USMC?src=hash">#USMC</a> <a href="https://t.co/LW3c99M0Os">pic.twitter.com/LW3c99M0Os</a></p>— War Related (@WarRelated) <a href="https://twitter.com/WarRelated/status/656623437037727744">October 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>Chalabi returned to Iraq from exile after the fall of Saddam Hussein.</p> <p>His name was floated as a potential prime minister.</p> <p>But experts say disagreement with his former US allies damaged his chances of becoming Iraqi leader. <p></p> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> </p> <p>Always a controversial figure, news of Ahmed Chalabi’s death has dividied commentators. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ahmed Chalabi, one of the key instigators of the war in Iraq, has died, according to the Iraqi parliament, <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP"><code>afp</a> reports</p>&mdash; Luke Baker (</code>LukeReuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/LukeReuters/status/661465713618628608">November 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">BREAKING</span>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iraq?src=hash">#Iraq</a> warmonger Ahmad Chalabi dies – <a href="https://t.co/qhbjqxSuKZ">https://t.co/qhbjqxSuKZ</a></p>— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng/status/661458157605031937">November 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">CIA</span>'s favorite Iraqi, Ahmed Chalabi – man who claimed Saddam had <span class="caps">WMD</span> – died of heart attack in Baghdad. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iraq?src=hash">#Iraq</a> >> <a href="https://t.co/mzsBYtGoeI">https://t.co/mzsBYtGoeI</a></p>— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamsJon/status/661495994769661953">November 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p>