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Former Iraqi Police Chief Fears for His Life Upon Return to Iraq

Aaron Ernst Wednesday, April 16, 2008

NEW YORK -- The evidence of Gen. Ahmed Ibrahim's service to the United States is scattered throughout his apartment, which overlooks the East River in Manhattan near his office at the United Nations. Ornate certificates attesting to his counterterrorism training adorn the walls. Pictures of him shaking hands with Donald Rumsfeld and chatting with Bernard Kerrick and Paul Bremer are clear reminders of Ibrahim's close relationship to the United States. It is a relationship that he is afraid soon will lead to his death.

Ahmed Ibrahim was born and grew up in Baghdad, and in 1973 graduated from the Baghdad Police Academy. There, he says, he acquired an unfortunate and hazardous reputation as a critic of Saddam. He was arrested in 1979 for criticizing the dictator and spent a year in prison, where he says he was repeatedly tortured. But Saddam's need for manpower in the war against Iran allowed him to return to a government position, and he worked at a border outpost during the Iran-Iraq War. He opposed Saddam's invasion of Kuwait and managed to pay to be transferred to northern Iraq during the First Gulf War. He continued to work in Saddam's regime until 2000, when he ran afoul of Uday, Saddam's ruthless son. Narrowly escaping the three men sent to arrest him, Ibrahim fled to Kirkuk in the Kurdish north, beyond the reach of Saddam. He stayed there until the American invasion. On April 10, 2003, took a gamble that would change his life forever. ...

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