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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Apr 9, 2008 — George Packer, author of The Assassin's Gate, says he doesn't think the tactical changes suggested by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, who wrote War and Decision, would have made a fundamental difference in the war.
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Feb 21, 2008 — The cease-fire that's kept Shiite militias in check for months is in danger of unraveling. And some U.S.-backed Sunni militias are growing restless. Patrick Cockburn, author and Iraq correspondent for The Independent in London, offers observations on war in Iraq.
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Mar 22, 2007 — Journalist George Packer's article in the March 26 issue of The New Yorker magazine is called "Betrayed: The Iraqis Who Trusted America the Most." He reports that men employed by Americans as interpreters, construction workers, drivers and office workers are now being marked for death.
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Feb 17, 2007 — George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is back from his sixth trip to Iraq since the war began. He offers his insights on Iraqis' perceptions of President Bush's latest war plans, and the country's hopes for political stability.
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Feb 12, 2007 — A list of suggested reading about the Shiite-Sunni conflict.
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Oct 24, 2006 — A slew of recently released books examine U.S. policy and military strategy behind the Iraq war. George Packer, author of 2005's highly acclaimed The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, reviews some of the latest titles.
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Dec 4, 2005Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries takes a good-humored look at life in the West Bank city over the past two decades. Author Suad Amiry tells Liane Hansen about the book.
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Nov 10, 2005The Assassins' Gate is New Yorker reporter George Packer's scathing account of the Bush administration's push to change the political future of the Middle East through force.
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