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A group principally made up of Iraqi exiles, formed in Kurdistan under the auspices of the Iraqi National Congress and two Kurdish leaders in the semi-autonomous area, which advised the U.S. government during the Iraq War, and wanted a role in the immediate postwar government. It had 7 members:

  • 4 Shia Arabs
  • 1 Sunni Arabs
  • 2 Sunni Kurds

The key formative event was a London Conference on 14 December 2002. Several nations, and the European Union, sent observers, the largest being the U.S. group, led by Zalmay Khalizad, envoy to the "Free Iraqis". Iran and Turkey also sent delgations. Khalizad also presided in a meeting in Salahuddin, in the Kurdish area of Iraq, in February 2003.

Separately, the U.S. Department of Defense had sent a group to discuss military options, led by William Luti.[1]

The dominant leader, especially in dealings with the U.S., was the controversial Ahmed Chalabi.

Name Religion/Ethnicity (exile) Affiliation
Ahmed Chalabi Shi'a Iraqi National Congress
Iyad Alawi " Iraqi National Accord (INA)
Adel Mahdi and Hamad al-Bayati Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)
Ibrahim Jafari Islamic Dawa Party
Naseer Chaderchi Sunni National Democratic Party
Massoud Barzani Kurd Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)
Jalal Talabani " Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)


  1. Ali Allawi (2007), The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace, Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300110159, pp. 85-90