Paul Bremer

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Ana de Armas and Wagner Moura in Sergio

There’s a short season to be compiled of feature dramas adapted from the same directors’ documentaries. Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, a variation on th(...)

A poster of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani worn by  a Houthi supporter at a rally in Saada, Yemen to denounce  the US killing.  The writing on the poster reads: ‘God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.’ Photograph: Naif Rahma/Reuters

“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.” I can still remember the exultant tone of Paul Bremer, the American governor of post-invasion Iraq, as he announc(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond: “It is clear a significant number of former Ba’athist officers have formed the professional core of Daesh [Islamic State] in Syria and Iraq”. Photograph: PA Wire

The United Kingdom has stepped up its criticism of the American conduct of the Iraq war, with the foreign secretary saying the single most disastrous(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair.  Former US president George Bush’s spokesman  said  “there was no stronger ally than the United Kingdom under the leadership of prime minister Tony Blair”

Former US president George W Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq in 2003 in response to the Chilcot report’s criticisms of the UK’s handling of (...)

Protesters in Baghdad’s parliament building after breaching the heavily fortified Green Zone:  they demand electricity, water and an end to corruption and the ethno-sectarian regime imposed on Iraq in 2003. Photograph:  Ahmed Saad/Reuters

The protests in Baghdad pose a major challenge to the government led by prime minister Haidar al-Abadi. The demonstrators include not only followers o(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

‘The president descended from the mountain for half an hour on Thursday evening, materialising at Nationals Park to schmooze with Democrats and Republicans at the annual congressional baseball game.’ Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images

On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the television Western The Rifleman. Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors’s widowe(...)

Jeb Bush: the last two presidents in his party were his father and brother, and his brother crashed the family station wagon into the globe. Photograph: Jim Young / Reuters

I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush. I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two de(...)

Richard Haass, with Meghan O’Sullivan, speaking to the media in Belfast. Professor O’Sullivan is a tough customer with considerable experience in hotter spots than south Belfast. Photograph: PA

You have to admire the nerve of the Stormont Hotel negotiators in disappointing Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan. The fact that the pair had genero(...)