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Arrows of the Night - Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq-logo

Arrows of the Night - Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq

Richard Bonin

In 1958, Ahmad Chalabi's wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. The young Chalabi devoted his life to restoring his family to prominence. His first coup attempt was in 1963 at age nineteen, while on a school break from MIT. His next was aided by Iranian intelligence. But as the years passed and Saddam stayed in power, Chalabi made an audacious decision: he needed the support of both Iran and its powerful archenemy, the United States. Drawing on unparalleled access to Chalabi, Bonin traces the exile's ingenious efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi regime change in the U.S. He narrates Chalabi's ill-fated engage­ment with the CIA and his later focus on neoconservative policy makers who rose to power under George W. Bush. As a result, from day two of the Bush presidency, the push for a new Iraq was on, with the intent to install Ahmad Chalabi as overseer of U.S. interests in the Middle East. The outcome was perhaps the biggest foreign policy disaster in our history and a triumphant end to Chalabi's forty-five-year quest. Today, as we prepare to withdraw our troops from Iraq, Arrows of the Night is full of shocking revelations about how we got there, including the true story of Chalabi's relation­ship with Iran. This page-turner, with its definitive account of the war, irrevocably alters a story we thought we knew.

In 1958, Ahmad Chalabi's wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. The young Chalabi devoted his life to restoring his family to prominence. His first coup attempt was in 1963 at age nineteen, while on a school break from MIT. His next was aided by Iranian intelligence. But as the years passed and Saddam stayed in power, Chalabi made an audacious decision: he needed the support of both Iran and its powerful archenemy, the United States. Drawing on unparalleled access to Chalabi, Bonin traces the exile's ingenious efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi regime change in the U.S. He narrates Chalabi's ill-fated engage­ment with the CIA and his later focus on neoconservative policy makers who rose to power under George W. Bush. As a result, from day two of the Bush presidency, the push for a new Iraq was on, with the intent to install Ahmad Chalabi as overseer of U.S. interests in the Middle East. The outcome was perhaps the biggest foreign policy disaster in our history and a triumphant end to Chalabi's forty-five-year quest. Today, as we prepare to withdraw our troops from Iraq, Arrows of the Night is full of shocking revelations about how we got there, including the true story of Chalabi's relation­ship with Iran. This page-turner, with its definitive account of the war, irrevocably alters a story we thought we knew.
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In 1958, Ahmad Chalabi's wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. The young Chalabi devoted his life to restoring his family to prominence. His first coup attempt was in 1963 at age nineteen, while on a school break from MIT. His next was aided by Iranian intelligence. But as the years passed and Saddam stayed in power, Chalabi made an audacious decision: he needed the support of both Iran and its powerful archenemy, the United States. Drawing on unparalleled access to Chalabi, Bonin traces the exile's ingenious efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi regime change in the U.S. He narrates Chalabi's ill-fated engage­ment with the CIA and his later focus on neoconservative policy makers who rose to power under George W. Bush. As a result, from day two of the Bush presidency, the push for a new Iraq was on, with the intent to install Ahmad Chalabi as overseer of U.S. interests in the Middle East. The outcome was perhaps the biggest foreign policy disaster in our history and a triumphant end to Chalabi's forty-five-year quest. Today, as we prepare to withdraw our troops from Iraq, Arrows of the Night is full of shocking revelations about how we got there, including the true story of Chalabi's relation­ship with Iran. This page-turner, with its definitive account of the war, irrevocably alters a story we thought we knew.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kaleo Griffith

Length:

12h 26m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:30


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:01


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:08


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:29


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:09


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:04


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:10


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:17


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:04


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:36


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:38


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:55


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:05


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:41


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:14


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:22


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:26


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:46


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:41


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:17


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:18


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:10


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:30


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:18


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:44


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:31


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:22


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:43


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:40


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:22


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:30


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:14


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:14


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:19


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:34


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:20


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:24


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:42


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:51


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:22


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:42


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:11


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:51


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:57


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:43


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:01


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:32


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:11


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:25


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:53


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:46


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:16


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:09


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:01


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:00


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:01


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:27


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:10


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:42


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:01


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:50


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:12


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:51


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:50


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:21


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:10


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:08


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:15


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:56


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:58


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:24


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:43


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:46


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:37


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:41


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:50


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:49


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:55


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:24


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:19


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:05


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:37


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:16


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:47


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

02:53


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:36


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:35


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

00:34