• Rebuilding an Iraqi force for law and order amid the chaos

    Rebuilding an Iraqi force for law and order amid the chaos0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Baghdad, for The Scotsman, 10 September 2004 THE blast of the twin explosions sends shock waves rolling across the dusty patch of land on the edge of Baghdad. Smoke obscures the armed men who have just jumped from two land cruisers and rushed up to the building to set the charges against

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  • Iraq and ruin

    Iraq and ruin0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Scotsman, 18 March 2006 IT IS 9 APRIL, 2003. Muhannad Hussam is at home in Baghdad, watching television as the 20ft statue of Saddam in Ferdoos Square is hauled down by ordinary Iraqis. About 3,000 miles away in Aberdeen, Walter and Diane Douglas are also watching TV, hoping that this event signals the

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  • Black Watch commander: how the MoD let us down in Iraq

    Black Watch commander: how the MoD let us down in Iraq0

    • NEWS
    • January 22, 2004

    EXCLUSIVE Gethin Chamberlain in Fallingbostel, Germany, for The Scotsman, 22 January 2004 BLACK Watch troops were sent into battle in Iraq without the equipment they would have needed to survive had Saddam Hussein decided to use chemical or biological weapons against them. Yesterday, Lieutenant Colonel James Cowan, the commanding officer of the Black Watch, one of

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  • In this cat and mouse war, the sniper is king

    In this cat and mouse war, the sniper is king0

    Gethin Chamberlain of The Scotsman, with the Black Watch near Basra, 31 March 2003 THE tank crew spotted them first; four men in civilian clothes jumping out of a pickup truck in the centre of Zubayr. One had a rocket- propelled grenade launcher. Corporal Mark Harvey was the first of the accompanying snipers to react, dropping

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  • Post-election Iraq is calm, but will it last? Wait and see…

    Post-election Iraq is calm, but will it last? Wait and see…0

    By Gethin Chamberlain in Basra for The Scotsman, 5 February 2005 MY NAME? My name is Hanif Masoor, he says. He is smartly dressed, his dark blue jacket bearing the word Security picked out in yellow thread in English and Arabic. It is pitch black in the countryside on the southern edge of Basra, the

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  • Baptism of fire in the streets of Az Zubayr

    Baptism of fire in the streets of Az Zubayr0

    Gethin Chamberlain, for The Scotsman, 9 March 2004 “SARGE! Sarge!” The tugging on Sgt Euan McGilp’s arm was insistent. “Sarge! Sarge!” McGilp, ducking to avoid the bullets zipping overhead and attempting to keep his head below the level of his Warrior, ignored the hand grasping the fabric of his sleeve. “Sarge! Sarge!” Scott Henderson’s voice

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  • Firepower and fear rule on the road to Basra

    Firepower and fear rule on the road to Basra0

    Iraq’s south, once safe, is now fraught with peril for troops Gethin Chamberlain, in Basra, for The Scotsman, 20 April 2004. “ALI Baba,” said the man standing at the checkpoint, drawing his finger across his throat and gesturing to the road ahead. “Ali Baba,” he said, his arms stretched out towards the soldiers imploringly. In Iraq,

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  • Caught in the middle as al-Amarah explodes

    Caught in the middle as al-Amarah explodes0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in al-Amarah, Iraq, for The Scotsman, 19 April 2004 WE were almost out of al-Amarah when we heard the first gunshots. A couple at first, as we crossed a bridge out of the town, enough to focus the attention of two soldiers from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who had their heads and

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  • ‘We are tired of firing at people – get us out of here’

    ‘We are tired of firing at people – get us out of here’0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Basra for The Sunday Telegraph, 28 October 2007 It was as astonishing an admission as any that has emerged from the lips of a British officer in the four and a half years since the tanks rolled over the Iraqi border. The British Army, said the man sitting in a prefab hut

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  • They poured out of their Warriors and let fly with grenades, guns, everything

    They poured out of their Warriors and let fly with grenades, guns, everything0

    Gethin Chamberlain of The Scotsman with the Black Watch, Iraq, 26 March 2003 JUST after dawn yesterday the Warrior crashed through the wall of the house tucked away down a side road in the Iraqi town of Al Zubayr, west of Basra. The first inkling those sleeping inside had that anything was wrong was when it

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