Saturday, January 20, 2007

Chalabi touts de-baath success / Sadr boycott to end

"Ahmad Chalabi, the former exile who helped the United States build the case for invading Iraq and who heads a committee on de-Baathification, appeared at a rare outdoor news conference in the Green Zone to announce that more than 700 Baathists had returned to their old government jobs.
Smiling behind a bank of television microphones as bombs and gunfire interrupted his speech, Mr. Chalabi, who had advocated a strong de-Baathification effort, said the government’s roster of rehired workers would continue to grow."

"Falah Shanshel, one of about 30 lawmakers affiliated with the renegade Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, said the Sadr bloc would end its boycott of Parliament in the next few days."

The New York Times. Iraqis Answer Global Critics by Tackling Troubling Issues. January 18, 2007.

posted: saturday, january 20, 2007, 6:02 PM ET


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