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Edward Luttwak: Pablo Escobar, 4 October 2001

Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the Richest, Most Powerful Criminal in History 
by Mark Bowden.
Atlantic, 387 pp., £16.99, June 2001, 1 903809 00 2
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... security consciousness is not clear,’ reads an excessively cautious CIA profile quoted by Mark Bowden: by then, Escobar was a hunted man, pursued by what might have been called a ‘binational, multi-agency task force’ had the Colombian and US drug police, signals-intelligence, national police and military units been better co-ordinated. With ...

On the Thunder Run

Ed Harriman: What Happened at al-Hilla, 1 April 2004

A Time of Our Choosing: America’s War in Iraq 
by Todd Purdom.
Times, 319 pp., $25, November 2003, 0 8050 7562 3
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... Run, which is due to be published by Atlantic Books in June. It will have an introduction by Mark Bowden, who wrote the book and then the screenplay for the Hollywood blockbuster Black Hawk Down, the story of the US Rangers’ disastrous raid in Mogadishu a decade ago. If Zucchino’s LA Times pieces are anything to go by, his book, like A Time of ...

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Seymour M. Hersh, 21 May 2015

... to be on board the Carl Vinson. In a reconstruction of the bin Laden operation for Vanity Fair, Mark Bowden, who spoke to many senior administration officials, wrote that bin Laden’s body was cleaned and photographed at Jalalabad. Further procedures necessary for a Muslim burial were performed on the carrier, he wrote, ‘with bin Laden’s body ...

The Suitcase: Part Two

Frances Stonor Saunders, 13 August 2020

... fled, officers first, followed by bewildered regulars and reservists, some of them so slow off the mark they had already been disarmed by the enemy. Left to their own devices were three and a half million civilians – ethnic Germans, Poles, Jews, Hungarians, Ukrainians, Romanians; the baronial rich with their Aubusson carpets and silver ...

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