Though many point to Chalabi's role in providing flawed intelligence--the Iraqi National Congress
was behind the defectors whose unsubstantiated claims pointed to Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction--his quiet conversations with policymakers may have been more instrumental.
* Secular Groups: Iraqi National Congress
(INC) and Iraq National Accord (INA).
Next came Chalabi the dissident, the Iraqi National Congress
head who devoted his every waking moment to guiding America into war with Saddam.
The CIA sponsored Al-Chalabi after the Kuwait liberation war in 1991 and spent millions on the Iraqi National Congress
. It helped him establish his headquarters in Iraqi Kurdistan.
"None of the big players really want civil war," says an Iraqi military official closely affiliated with Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress
. "None of them want to give up the regular flow of funds that they get now from corruption."
Referring additionally to false information being given the administration by the exile group Iraqi National Congress
(IRC), the report noted that IRC partisans wanted to give the Bush administration some reasons to attack Iraq; therefore, they reported that Saddam's government had nuclear, chemical, and biological weaponry.
The report also questions the use of intelligence gathered from sources affiliated with the anti-Saddam Iraqi National Congress
, suggesting that defectors gave false information in an attempt to convince the United States that Iraq had links to terrorism and possessed weapons of mass destruction.
police, Chalabi, once president of the dissident Iraqi National Congress
and now deputy prime minister of Iraq, strode triumphantly into his den of true believers.
Chalabi and tried to block the Iraqi National Congress
from getting Congressionally mandated funds.
1992: He is convicted of embezzlement and sentenced in absentia to 22 years, flees Jordan and sets up Iraqi National Congress
A secular Shiite, Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress
is an umbrella for groups that included Iraqi exiles, Kurds and Shiites.
Truck driver Angelo de la Cruz was released into the custody of the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Baghdad, said Haider al Bandar, spokesman for the Iraqi National Congress