Saddam-Chalabi photo op

A picture published by the Iraqi National Congress' mouthpiece showing Ahmed Chalabi talking to Saddam Hussein is stirring controversy that Chalabi is using the moment to humiliate Saddam and draw support:

The newspaper which normally sells about 5,000 copies was snapped up before it barely reached the stands and though many did not approve there were some who felt the Iraqi president had it coming.

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,