• Blair’s case for taking us to war was built on sand – and now it’s shifting

    Blair’s case for taking us to war was built on sand – and now it’s shifting0

    Is the prime minister the last person to believe the intelligence on WMDs? Gethin Chamberlain for The Scotsman, 31 January 2004 FIRST there were weapons of mass destruction that could be launched within 45 minutes, posing a threat to mainland Europe. But they became battlefield WMDs which could threaten only troops attacking Iraq. In time,

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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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  • MoD accused of hiding real cost of Iraq war

    MoD accused of hiding real cost of Iraq war0

    By Gethin Chamberlain, for The Scotsman, 1 January 2006 THE Ministry of Defence has admitted that it issued misleading figures for the number of British soldiers injured in Iraq after a Scotsman investigation found that they were wildly inaccurate. John Reid, the Defence Secretary, last week claimed that about 230 UK personnel had been wounded

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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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  • 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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  • Home thoughts that hurt as the black snow falls

    Home thoughts that hurt as the black snow falls0

    Gethin Chamberlain of The Scotsman, with the Black Watch on the outskirts of Basra, Iraq. For the BBC, 31 March 2003 When the soldiers awoke it was everywhere; the oily cinders coating every surface, falling like tiny flakes of black snow.On their sleeping bags, on their skin, in their hair, breathing it in, impossible to brush

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  • Resistance crumbles as British troops make a decisive push

    Resistance crumbles as British troops make a decisive push0

    Iraqis point out fedayeen hiding spots to British troops Gethin Chamberlain, in Basra, for The Scotsman, 7 April 2003 THE Iraqis were hiding in a bunker at the side of the road when the tanks first spotted them. There were four of them, waiting at a crossroads in the Al Hadi area of Basra, slotting

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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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  • The soldiers who fear they are fighting a forgotten war

    The soldiers who fear they are fighting a forgotten war0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Az Zubayr, Iraq, for The Scotsman, 20 April 2004 IN THE darkness by the side of the road, Robert Grieve’s Land Rover rolled over and over, bullets ripping through it and out the other side. The rocket-propelled grenade had hit the tyre and bounced off, but the force of the blast had

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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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