Dilip Hiro is the author of Sharing the Promised Land: A Tale of Israelis and Palestinians (Interlink), Between Marx and Muhammad: The Changing Face of Central Asia (HarperCollins), Neighbors, Not Friends: Iraq and Iran After the Gulf Wars (Routledge), War Without End: Rise of Islamist Terrorism and the Global Response (also Routledge), Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm (Nation Books), Secrets and Lies: Operation "Iraqi Freedom" and After, The Iranian Labyrinth: Journeys Through Theocratic Iran and its Furies, Blood of the Earth: The Battle for the World’s Vanishing Oil Resources and, most recently, After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World (all Nation Books).
NATO's nightly airstrikes against Yugoslavia have ceased, but the periodic Anglo-American bombing of Iraq continues.
On May 12 the Iraqi News Agency reported the deaths of twelve people, including two children, and 200 head of livestock near the northern city of Mosul, caused by American bombs.
Thanks principally to the reports of Barton Gellman in the Washington Post since last October, we know that US intelligence services fatally misused the United Nations Special Commission
Having hit Saddam Hussein where it hurts--in the Republican Guard barracks, military intelligence headquarters and other strategic components of his regime's power base--during Operation Dese
Ten years ago, on February 15, 1989, as the last of the 115,000 Soviet
soldiers crossed over from Afghanistan into Soviet Tajikistan, there was
quiet celebration in Washington as well