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Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq

Patrick Cockburn

Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq by Patrick Cockburn. With new material following renewed fighting by Muqtada’s army, this is the essential book on post-invasion Iraq.

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Muqtada al-Sadr’s men are killing more British troops than any other group in the world today. Cleric, militia leader and fiercely anti-American politician, Muqtada’s combination of nationalism and religious fervour appealed to countless angry and impoverished Shias, and as US control of Iraq disintegrates, the likelihood increases that he will assume total power in the Shia areas of the country.

In a compelling narrative, award winning war correspondent Patrick Cockburn charts Muqtada’s rise to power, his links with Hizbullah and the Iranians; and his confrontation with the American and British military. Cockburn has reported from Iraq since the 1970s (often at great personal risk), and combines first hand accounts of his investigations into Muqtada with vivid and dismaying reportage of the civil war now raging in a fractured country.

Critic Reviews

'Well-researched and very readable ... the many eyewitness accounts give the book a balanced presentation of the realities of Iraqi politics, and the author's own experience in reporting from Iraq add vivid colour and veracity to the text.'

Oxford Times
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'An even-handed account ... in dense but clear prose [Cockburn] unpicks the complex religious factionalism fuelling the grim conflagration of Iraqi society.'

Financial Times
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[An] important book.

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Patrick Cockburn made me realise afresh what a Pandora's box the West opened when it went into Iraq ... [he] gives intelligent answers.

Sunday Telegraph

Patrick Cockburn was born in Cork in 1950. He divides his time between London and Iraq and is one of the very few Western journalists who still travel outside the Green Zone in Baghdad without an armed escort. He is a foreign correspondent for the Independent newspaper and has worked in Moscow, Washington, Jerusalem, Belfast, Beirut and Baghdad. His books…

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