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Saddam Hussein’s Would-Be Successors

Published by The Jerusalem Report,  5 June 2002 With President Bush pledging to get rid of Saddam, Heidi Kingstone reports on rival and potential heirs gearing up to seize the moment.     Download this article as a PDF.      

Toppled in Baghdad, Clueless in Whitehall

Published by The Sunday Times, 21 October 2007 For the first time, the British general at the heart of post-war planning for Iraq tells Heidi Kingstone of the chaos in London and Washington. In early March 2003, as Britain and America prepared to invade Iraq, a casually dressed Tony Blair unexpectedly walked into the room at 10…
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Man with a Mission

Published by the Financial Times Magazine, 20 December 2003 After 45 years in exile, Ahmad Chalabi persuaded the US to share his dream of deposing Saddam Hussein. For his efforts, he was one of the first Iraqis to confront the captured dictator. Heidi Kingstone meets the man who may yet become Iraq’s next leader. Download the full…
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From Baghdad to St Bride’s

The car bomb in Baghdad killed Ammar Al Shahbander in what has become an all too common occurrence of violence in Iraq. I first met Ammar in the late nineteen-nineties in London, Saddam Hussein then governed Iraq, and Ammar was a member of the Iraqi National Congress, an opposition group of exiles fighting to free…
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My Unspoken Frontline Secret

It was a scorching hot June afternoon in a Baghdad suburb. A group of people sat in the shady garden, speaking rapidly in Arabic, catching up on almost two decades of gossip. It was 2003, just months after the invasion and I was staying in the upmarket district of al Mansour with one of the…
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