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              The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS

              The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Coker, Margaret

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              The driver was sweating as his explosive-filled pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighbourhood bustling with open-air markets. And he had another reason for panic - he was a spy who thought his cover had been blown. The Spymaster of Baghdad is the g...ripping story of the top-secret Iraqi intelligence unit that infiltrated the Islamic State. The information they gathered, more so than that of any foreign power, turned the tide against the insurgency. Set against the backdrop of the most brutal conflict of recent decades, we chart the spymaster's struggle to develop the Falcons from scratch in challenging circumstances following the American invasion of Iraq. But at the heart of the book is the fraught relationship of two of his agents - the Sudani brothers: one undercover in ISIS for 16 long months, the other his handler. We follow their emotional journey in this page-turning story of family, unlikely heroes and unbelievable courage. The unprecedented access to the whole cast of characters, from bomb-makers through spy chiefs, is remarkable. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Coker challenges the conventional view that western coalition forces defeated ISIS and we see that victory was down to old-fashioned spy craft. The Spymaster of Baghdad is compulsive, shocking and explosive reading. *** Margaret Coker is an investigative journalist. She has lived and worked in Iraq and the wider Middle East since 2003. An ex-Baghdad Bureau Chief for the New York Times, she honed her reporting skills at The Wall Street Journal where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as part of a team chronicling Turkey's failed coup, political purges and teetering democracy. Her coverage of national security issues won the Overseas Press Club Award and the Edwin M. Hood Prize from the National Press Club, America's top prize for diplomatic reporting. This is her first book.
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              ISBN 9780241409107
              Released NZ 25 Mar 2021
              Publisher Penguin
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              The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS

              The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS (Hardback)

              By Coker, Margaret

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              The driver was sweating as his explosive-filled pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighbourhood bustling with open-air markets. And he had another reason for panic - he was a spy who thought his cover had been blown. The Spymaster of Baghdad is the g...ripping story of the top-secret Iraqi intelligence unit that infiltrated the Islamic State. The information they gathered, more so than that of any foreign power, turned the tide against the insurgency. Set against the backdrop of the most brutal conflict of recent decades, we chart the spymaster's struggle to develop the Falcons from scratch in challenging circumstances following the American invasion of Iraq. But at the heart of the book is the fraught relationship of two of his agents - the Sudani brothers: one undercover in ISIS for 16 long months, the other his handler. We follow their emotional journey in this page-turning story of family, unlikely heroes and unbelievable courage. The unprecedented access to the whole cast of characters, from bomb-makers through spy chiefs, is remarkable. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Coker challenges the conventional view that western coalition forces defeated ISIS and we see that victory was down to old-fashioned spy craft. The Spymaster of Baghdad is compulsive, shocking and explosive reading. *** Margaret Coker is an investigative journalist. She has lived and worked in Iraq and the wider Middle East since 2003. An ex-Baghdad Bureau Chief for the New York Times, she honed her reporting skills at The Wall Street Journal where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as part of a team chronicling Turkey's failed coup, political purges and teetering democracy. Her coverage of national security issues won the Overseas Press Club Award and the Edwin M. Hood Prize from the National Press Club, America's top prize for diplomatic reporting. This is her first book.
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              ISBN 9780241409091
              Released NZ 25 Feb 2021
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              The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS (Paperback)

              By Coker, Margaret

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              • Pub Date
                24 Feb 22

              'Pulse-pounding' Sinclair McKay | 'Truly masterful' Damien Lewis | 'Who needs spy fiction, when fact can provide as thrilling a story as this?' Lindsey Hilsum The Spymaster of Baghdad is the gripping story of the top-secret Iraqi intelligence unit that infiltrated the Islamic Sta...te. More so than that of any foreign power, the information they gathered turned the tide against the insurgency, paving the way to the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2019. Against the backdrop of the most brutal conflict of recent decades, we chart the spymaster's struggle to develop the unit from scratch in challenging circumstances after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, we follow the fraught relationship of two of his agents, the al-Sudani brothers - one undercover in ISIS for sixteen long months, the other his handler - and we track a disillusioned scientist as she turns bomb-maker, threatening the lives of thousands. With unprecedented access to characters on all sides, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Coker challenges the conventional view that Western coalition forces defeated ISIS and reveals a page-turning story of unlikely heroes, unbelievable courage and good old-fashioned spycraft. 'Moving, visceral, utterly revelatory. A stunning tour de force by an author who has lived every word of it on the ground' Damien Lewis, author of Zero Six Bravo 'This compelling account of how Iraqi agents infiltrated ISIS takes us deep beneath the lurid headlines and into a sharply focused world of courage, ingenuity, terror and love' Sinclair McKay, author of Dresden 'In Margaret Coker's deeply reported, unputdownable account, the previously unknown Iraqi heros of the war against the Islamic State turn out to be braver than Bond and as subtle as Smiley' Lindsey Hilsum, author of In Extremis 'We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Falcons Unit for their important role in the fight against the most lethal terrorist group of our time' Anne Speckhard, Director of the International C
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              ISBN 9780241987018
              Released NZ 24 Feb 2022
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              The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis
                

              The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis (Audio CD / Audio)

              Read by Campbell, Cassandra; By Coker, Margaret

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              From the former New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad comes the gripping and heroic story of an elite, top-secret team of unlikely spies who triumphed over ISIS. The Spymaster of Baghdad tells the dramatic yet intimate account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called the F...alcons came together against all odds to defeat ISIS. The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world's most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. Centered around the relationship between two brothers, Harith Sudani, a rudderless college dropout who was recruited to the Falcons by his all-star younger brother Munaf, and their eponymous unit commander Abu Ali, The Spymaster of Baghdad follows their emotional journey as Harith volunteers for the most dangerous mission imaginable. With piercing lyricism and thrilling prose, Coker's deeply-reported account interweaves heartfelt portraits of these and other unforgettable characters as they navigate the streets of war-torn Baghdad and perform heroic feats of cunning and courage. The Falcons' path crosses with that of Abraar, a young, radicalized university student who, after being snubbed by the head of the Islamic State's chemical weapons program, plots her own attack. At the near-final moment, the Falcons intercept Abraar's deadly plan to poison Baghdad's drinking water and arrest her in the middle of the night--just one of many covert counterterrorism operations revealed for the first time in the book. Ultimately, The Spymaster of Baghdad is a page-turning account of wartime espionage in which ordinary people make extraordinary sacrifices for the greater good. Challenging our perceptions of terrorism and counterterrorism, war and peace, Iraq and the wider Middle East, American occupation and foreign intervention, The Spymaster of Baghdad is a testament to the power
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              ISBN 9781799949510
              Released NZ 23 Feb 2021
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              The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis
                

              The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

              By Coker, Margaret

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              From the former New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad comes the gripping and heroic story of an elite, top-secret team of unlikely spies who triumphed over ISIS --

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              Released NZ 2 Mar 2021
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              The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis (Audio CD / Audio)

              Read by Campbell, Cassandra; By Coker, Margaret

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              From the former New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad comes the gripping and heroic story of an elite, top-secret team of unlikely spies who triumphed over ISIS. The Spymaster of Baghdad tells the dramatic yet intimate account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called the F...alcons came together against all odds to defeat ISIS. The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world's most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. Centered around the relationship between two brothers, Harith Sudani, a rudderless college dropout who was recruited to the Falcons by his all-star younger brother Munaf, and their eponymous unit commander Abu Ali, The Spymaster of Baghdad follows their emotional journey as Harith volunteers for the most dangerous mission imaginable. With piercing lyricism and thrilling prose, Coker's deeply-reported account interweaves heartfelt portraits of these and other unforgettable characters as they navigate the streets of war-torn Baghdad and perform heroic feats of cunning and courage. The Falcons' path crosses with that of Abraar, a young, radicalized university student who, after being snubbed by the head of the Islamic State's chemical weapons program, plots her own attack. At the near-final moment, the Falcons intercept Abraar's deadly plan to poison Baghdad's drinking water and arrest her in the middle of the night--just one of many covert counterterrorism operations revealed for the first time in the book. Ultimately, The Spymaster of Baghdad is a page-turning account of wartime espionage in which ordinary people make extraordinary sacrifices for the greater good. Challenging our perceptions of terrorism and counterterrorism, war and peace, Iraq and the wider Middle East, American occupation and foreign intervention, The Spymaster of Baghdad is a testament to the power
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              The Spymaster of Baghdad Lib/E: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis
                

              The Spymaster of Baghdad Lib/E: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis (Audio CD / Audio, Library Edition)

              Read by Campbell, Cassandra; By Coker, Margaret

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              From the former New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad comes the gripping and heroic story of an elite, top-secret team of unlikely spies who triumphed over ISIS. The Spymaster of Baghdad tells the dramatic yet intimate account of how a covert Iraqi intelligence unit called the F...alcons came together against all odds to defeat ISIS. The Falcons, comprised of ordinary men with little conventional espionage background, infiltrated the world's most powerful terrorist organization, ultimately turning the tide of war against the terrorist group and bringing safety to millions of Iraqis and the broader world. Centered around the relationship between two brothers, Harith Sudani, a rudderless college dropout who was recruited to the Falcons by his all-star younger brother Munaf, and their eponymous unit commander Abu Ali, The Spymaster of Baghdad follows their emotional journey as Harith volunteers for the most dangerous mission imaginable. With piercing lyricism and thrilling prose, Coker's deeply-reported account interweaves heartfelt portraits of these and other unforgettable characters as they navigate the streets of war-torn Baghdad and perform heroic feats of cunning and courage. The Falcons' path crosses with that of Abraar, a young, radicalized university student who, after being snubbed by the head of the Islamic State's chemical weapons program, plots her own attack. At the near-final moment, the Falcons intercept Abraar's deadly plan to poison Baghdad's drinking water and arrest her in the middle of the night--just one of many covert counterterrorism operations revealed for the first time in the book. Ultimately, The Spymaster of Baghdad is a page-turning account of wartime espionage in which ordinary people make extraordinary sacrifices for the greater good. Challenging our perceptions of terrorism and counterterrorism, war and peace, Iraq and the wider Middle East, American occupation and foreign intervention, The Spymaster of Baghdad is a testament to the power
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              The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against Isis (Hardback)

              By Coker, Margaret

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              From the former New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad comes the ... story of an elite, top-secret team of unlikely spies who triumphed over ISIS --

              ISBN 9780062947420
              Released NZ 23 Feb 2021
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