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Robert Fisk: The caliphate in Iraq is just the latest 'enemy' in our war on terror


Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have tightened their grip on western Iraq

BRITAIN invaded Iraq in 2003 without history books, ignorant of the insurgency against the British in 1920, unaware of TE Lawrence's warnings about the old Mesopotamia. The British believed their own propaganda – the cheering crowds, the rose petals that would greet them – and forgot the Iraqi sanctions that they supported for 12 years and which killed half a million Iraqi children.

And today – as their creature Nouri al-Maliki pleads for help against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) – Britain has resumed its ignorance.

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