Revised and updated to cover the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and the Arab Spring.
The departure of the last US troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on, while most Iraqis, Britons and Americans desperately wanted it to end? And what of oil, which lies at the heart of Iraqi politics?
Now in the first full account of the nine-year war and occupation, Greg Muttitt's gripping and far-reaching investigation takes us behind the scenes to answer some of those questions, centred on the taboo subject of what has happened to Iraq's oil. In light of the Arab revolutions, the war in Libya and renewed threats against Iran, Fuel on the Fire provides a vital guide to the lessons from Iraq.
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Set to turn our understanding of the war on its head - Independent
The Iraqi civil society voices resound with dignity in this brilliant, comprehensive account - New Internationalist
Excellent... A textbook example of how international pressures are put upon politicians to get them to buckle - Guardian
Muttitt reveals the sheer persistence of the occupying powers in forcing the fledgling state to hand over its oil to foreign companies - Tribune
Fuel On The Fire shows that a desire for influence over oil supply and contracts shaped the attack on and occupation of Iraq - Morning Star
A cracking read. This book lifts the lid on what many suspected - the West's need to grab Iraq's gigantic oil reserves was the main driver of the Bush-Blair war agenda. A compelling read, brilliantly researched, revealing how the oilmen colluded with politicians trying to outwit a determined Iraqi people traumatised in the aftermath of the invasion - Guardian
Greg Muttitt has done a great service with this painstakingly researched, timely book. Armed with a great depth of knowledge of oil, modern Iraq, and international politics, he reveals an untold and largely unknown facet of the occupation of Iraq, giving us a picture that is that is illuminating, informative and objective. On a subject where truth was the first casualty, this book is the closest to that truth -
About the Author
Greg Muttitt was previously co-director of campaigning charity Platform, exposing the environmental and human impacts of the oil industry. He has worked on Iraq since the war started in 2003. His work has frequently appeared in the media, including the Guardian, Independent, Financial Times and BBC. www.fuelonthefire.com Twitter @FuelOnTheFire