Telegraph: Ministers were told Allawi a "stooge"

Ministers were told premier was seen as stooge

By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 24/09/2004)

British officials gave warning more than two years ago that Iyad Allawi, the interim Iraqi prime minister, was seen as “a western stooge” who “lacked domestic credibility”, secret documents seen by The Telegraph reveal.

The Cabinet Office told ministers a year before the war in Iraq that the external opposition, made up of Mr Allawi’s Iraqi National Accord and Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, was “weak, divided and lacks domestic credibility”.

Mr Allawi, who was closely aligned with the CIA, and Mr Chalabi, who was initially the choice of many within the administration as Iraqi leader, were regarded by most Iraqis as “western stooges”, warned a “Secret UK Eyes Only” options paper.

A coup attempt in 1996 allegedly organised by Mr Allawi, a neurosurgeon who was trained in Britain, in tandem with the CIA ended in “wholesale executions”, according to the paper, which was prepared by the Overseas and Defence Secretariat in March 2002.

The documents also expressed concern over the possibility that the Americans would choose Mr Chalabi as the leader of Iraq after the ousting of Saddam Hussein.

They described Mr Chalabi as “a convicted fraudster popular on Capitol Hill”.

Mr Chalabi was convicted in absentia for fraud in a Jordanian banking scandal in 1991 and was sentenced to 22 years in jail.

There you have it. Warning flags waving brightly over two years ago. Huh? The Brits knew in early 2002 that America would remove Saddam and put an American “stooge” in charge of Iraq??

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