PM Barzani and top Iraqi of­fi­cials at­tend Cha­l­abi fu­neral in Bagh­dad

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A se­nior Kur­dish del­e­ga­tion in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani, Deputy to PM Qubad Tal­a­bani, Dar­baz Kos­rat Ra­sul, KRG Min­is­ter of Con­struc­tion and Hous­ing, Dr. Rozh Nouri Shawes, Deputy to Iraqi PM Abadi, Fad­hil Mi­rani, Sec­re­tary of KDP Polit­buro of Pres­i­dent Barzani, Azad Bar­wari, KDP Polit­buro mem­ber, ar­rived in Bagh­dad to­day to at­tend a fu­neral for Ahmed Cha­l­abi, a con­tro­ver­sial cham­pion of the U.S.-led in­va­sion of his coun­try.

A well-in­formed source said that the aim of the visit to Bagh­dad is just to at­tend the fu­neral cer­e­mony and they are not there to hold of­fi­cial meet­ing.

Top Iraqi of­fi­cials also at­tended the fu­neral for Cha­l­abi in the cap­i­tal city of Bagh­dad.

Prime Min­is­ter Haidar al-Abadi, Pres­i­dent Fuad Ma­sum, par­lia­ment speaker Salim al-Juburi, and Shi­ite cleric Am­mar al-Hakim were among the large crowd of mourn­ers at the cer­e­mony Novem­ber 4 in Bagh­dad's Green Zone.

Cha­l­abi, the head of par­lia­ment's fi­nance com­mit­tee, died of a heart at­tack the day be­fore at age 71.

Liv­ing in ex­ile as head of the Iraqi Na­tional Congress, which op­posed Sad­dam Hus­sein, Cha­l­abi be­came a White House fa­vorite for in­for­ma­tion he pro­vided which sup­ported the U.S. jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for at­tack­ing Iraq in 2003.

But he lost fa­vor af­ter the in­va­sion when his in­tel­li­gence re­gard­ing Sad­dam's al­leged pos­ses­sion of weapons of mass de­struc­tion and links to Al-Qaeda proved to be false.

He was also ac­cused of pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to U.S. foe Iran.

Cha­l­abi held the ro­tat­ing pres­i­dency of the U.S.-ap­pointed Iraqi Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil af­ter the in­va­sion and served as deputy prime min­is­ter, but he never reached the po­lit­i­cal heights to which he as­pired.

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