Blogs

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Apr 2017

How will Donald Trump affect the security situation in Iraq?

Last month Lukman Faily, the former ambassador of Iraq to the USA, gave an address to our guests at Riverside on Iraq-US relations in the Trump era. Since then events have moved dramatically in Syria, Iraq’s troubled neighbour. So, what could the future hold? It is said that astrology was only developed to make economic […]

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Apr 2017

Democracy and the Iraqi Collective

Guest article from Lukman Faily, Former Iraqi Ambassador to Japan and the United States It has been a long journey, full of pain and sacrifice, but Iraqi forces are on the precipice of achieving what many said they could not. With the near liberation of Mosul and thereafter the whole of Iraq from the savagery […]

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Feb 2017

Kidnapping in Iraq

This week’s latest outrage by the terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, in the Philippines has brought kidnapping back into the focus of the world’s media. Kidnapping has been part of the way of life in the Middle East for centuries. It was a part of the standard modus operandi of the inter tribal feud and a […]

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Feb 2017

The Capture of Baghdad by General Maude – 1917

After 2 years of mixed fortunes, and the disastrous fall of Kut, the British Army in Mesopotamia spent much of 1916 reorganising and rebuilding their army. In December a new offensive began, mainly following the axis of the River Tigris. Taking part was the British 13th Division and the Indian III Corps – also known […]

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Feb 2017

Latest on the rocket attack – Baghdad Situation Update

On the 11 Feb 2017, a large gathering took place in Tahir Square. It had originally been billed as a ‘spontaneous demonstration’ as the Shia cleric Sadr had called for a million-man demonstration and attempted to march towards the International Zone (IZ). The ISF closed the nearby roads and bridges, and eventually engaged the demonstrators […]