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‘Researcher dies in combat’

Hugh Wilford: Middle East Inexpertise, 2 March 2017

America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State 
by Osamah F. Khalil.
Harvard, 426 pp., £25.95, October 2016, 978 0 674 97157 8
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... up in the 1979-81 Iranian hostage crisis; the CIA used a fake film-shoot – of a schlocky sci-fi story called ‘Argo’ – as cover for spiriting the diplomats out of Tehran. American audiences seemed to enjoy the joke. Argo won three Oscars and earned a presidential stamp of approval when Michelle Obama presented the Best Picture award live from the ...

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