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Iraq: A Brief History of Bombing

Iraq: A Brief History of Bombing

  • June 17, 2014
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Faced with the prospect of the imminent disintegration of the Iraqi state, the installation of   of a jihadist caliphate in the heart of the Middle East, an all-out sectarian civil war, and the final collapse of US policy in Iraq, the Obama administration is reaching once again into that trusty tool of US foreign...

Iraq Implodes

  • June 15, 2014
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The startling advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq are the most dramatic and visible success that the transnational jihad movement has achieved since its intitial emergence in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the early 80s.     Since the end of that war, one...

The BBC´s Iraq war history: His Master´s Voice

  • May 31, 2013
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I ´m in Spain now for a week.       Before I left I watched the first part of the BBC ´s ´History of the Iraq War ´series, and I have no intention of watching any more, because it won ´t do my blood pressure any good.   I don ´t think...

Iraq’s Missing Pages

  • March 09, 2013
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Reading Peter van Buren’s excoriating indictment of the role played by the ‘complacent and sleepy media’ in paving the way for the Iraq war reminded me of an episode during the build-up to the war that when the mainstream media gave a spectacular demonstration of how complacent – or merely compliant – it could be.


The Return of the ‘Salvador Option’

  • March 07, 2013
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TODAY’S Guardian will not make pleasant reading in Washington. For the first time, a major mainstream media outlet has alleged that leading American politicians and military figures, including General David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq, were directly involved in a systematic campaign of torture and atrocity carried out against Sunni insurgents...

Waiting for Chilcot

  • January 02, 2013
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I can’t say I ever expected a great deal from the Inquiry into the ‘lessons that can be learned’ from the Iraq conflict, which  Gordon Brown reluctantly established in 2009.   The British elite does not generally indict itself, and a committee whose members included a former foreign policy adviser to Tony Blair...

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