Oliver Poole

Oliver Poole is an award-winning Foreign Correspondent for the Evening Standard and Independent titles. In his career he has reported from war zones including Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, where he was based during the worst years of the civil war. He has written two books, "Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad' and 'Black Knights: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad'. He was previously a Foreign Reporter for The Daily Telegraph, and has written for the BBC, Guardian, Times and South China Morning Post.

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Iraq crisis: US drones back Baghdad's Tikrit offensive

But the White House has so far refused to authorise air strikes against the militants in Saddam Hussein's home town
Gerry Conlon in 2005

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Iraq crisis: Sunni advance on Baghdad stalled by Shia forces

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Some Baltic states rely almost entirely on Russian gas

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Japanese and Malaysian pilots search for the missing plane

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David Cameron must be prepared to impose stricter economic and diplomatic sanctions on Russia if its "reckless actions" in Crimea are to be stopped, the shadow Foreign Secretary has warned.

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