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

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Ahmed Chalabi, key architect of Saddam's downfall, dies

The Iraqi politician who is said to have played a key role in persuading the US to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003 has died.

Ahmed Chalabi was reportedly found in bed at his home in Baghdad.

He is thought to have had a heart attack.

US involvement in Iraq

Chalabi is widely considered as the man who helped nudge the US into invading Iraq in 2003.

He claimed to have information about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction which was later discredited.

Chalabi returned to Iraq from exile after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

His name was floated as a potential prime minister.

But experts say disagreement with his former US allies damaged his chances of becoming Iraqi leader.

What they are saying

Always a controversial figure, news of Ahmed Chalabi’s death has dividied commentators.