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Iraq

March 2017: 1,000 civilians ‘killed by US-led coalition’ in Iraq and Syria

Alleged coalition civilian killings since January outstrip claims against Russia

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Patrick Cockburn, Chaos and Caliphate

OR Books, 2016; 428pp; £19

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Destroying the inspectors

Iraq’s missing weapons – another failure of the Chilcot report

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Blair’s coup and Chilcot’s cover-up

The goal of the Iraq war was to maintain ‘Saddamism without Saddam’

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It was ‘blood for oil’

The British media avoid parts of the Chilcot documents

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A letter to the Prime Minister

With the publication of the Chilcot report, watch the trailer for "A Letter to the Prime Minister", made during the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, and sign up on the website to see the entire feature length film.

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Chilcot - reasonable unreasonableness and delays that aren't delays

I just read the transcript of the evidence given by John Chilcot, head of the Iraq Inquiry, to parliament's foreign affairs committee on 4 February. I was staggered to read in a footnote that they are going to publish 1,500 British government documents alongside the Chilcot Report itself (which will be hundreds of pages long).

The report refers to 7,000 government documents. They looked at 150,000 documents. These are big numbers.

The MPs on the foreign affairs committee tried to get Chilcot to say that his former colleagues in the civil service had delayed the publication of the report by dragging their feet over the declassification of relevant secret documents. Chilcot (who was permanent secretary at the Northern Ireland Office for most of the 1990s) avoided saying anything critical of the government, the civil service or the decision makers from 2003 who are going to be criticised in the report.

Chilcot - dipping a toe in

A sceptical look at the evidence given to the British government's Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war by Richard Dearlove, head of MI6 at the time. Dearlove sticks to his WMD story but it has a big hole in it....

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Patrick Cockburn, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising

OR Books, 2014; 150pp; £9. Purchase online here: http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/jihadis-return/

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Clark Stoeckley, The United States vs Pvt. Chelsea Manning

OR Books, 2014; 199pp; £12. Purchase online here: http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/manning-trial/

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