Arab Storm

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I.B.Tauris, 2006 M03 7 - 426 pages
As Iraqi troops swarmed Kuwait in 1990, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Alan Munro played a vital role in putting, and holding, together a formidable coalition to evict them. He reveals here all the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that made this possible. With Western armies once more deployed in the Gulf, this new updated paperback edition of Munro's book provides a timely reminder of the pressures, pitfalls and potential of international diplomacy in the region.
 

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Contents

The Saddam Hussein Factor
1
The Gathering Storm
14
The Reason
38
Light Blue
74
Business as Usual
104
The Long Haul
130
And Longer
153
Khaki
168
The Fog of War
252
Diplomatic Distractions
279
Climax
299
Anticlimax
315
Profit and Loss
343
The Fourth Estate
356
Aftermath
375
Bibliography
400

Oil and Money
198
Clearing the Decks
236

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