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Breakfast Thursday, 12 June, 2003, 07:38 GMT 08:38 UK
The battle for Iraq
Fergal Keane on the Iraqi border
Fergal was one of the first journalists to enter Tikrit
The fighting in Iraq may be over but the analysis of what happened and the country's future is set to rumble on for a while yet.

The BBC has brought together a collection of essays by its correspondents who were involved in the war.

  • We talked to Fergal Keane, who's spent two decades as a journalist in various war zones.

    "No war is ever like you expect it to be," he told us. "I think people at home were amazed to see people broadcasting live from battles.

    "From our point of view, it was a very sobering war: 15 journalists died. "

    For Keane, the most memorable moment of his war experiences in Iraq was being taken to one of Saddam Hussein's prisons. He was shown the yard where prisoners were executed - including the British Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft.

    "The ropes were still there in the courtyard," he told us. "One former political prisoner had tears rolling down his cheeks. He said - why did this happen?"


    The book is called The Battle for Iraq: BBC News Correspondents on the War against Saddam and a New World Agenda.

    Other contributors include Bridget Kendall, Allan Little and Rageh Omaar who reported from Baghdad for the BBC throughout the war.

    There are also accounts from BBC journalists who were embedded with US and British troops whose stories provide a snapshot of covering a war from the front line.

    Fergal has written the first chapter "From 9/11 to the Iraqi Border" which looks at how the events of 11 September informed US foreign policy.

    It centres on the hawks in the Bush administration and focuses on the moment when an attack on Iraq became inevitable.

    Biography

    Fergal Keane is a BBC world affairs correspondent who has covered many conflicts including both Gulf Wars.

    He was formerly Northern Ireland, Southern Africa and Asia correspondent.

    He closely followed developments in the Iraq crisis and reported from Baghdad and Saddam's birthplace, Tikrit.

  • The Battle for Iraq, BBC News Correspondents on the War against Saddam and a New World Agenda.

    Price 7.99, ISBN 0563 487 879, Published 12 June

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