Monthly Archives: August 2011

Storming Tripoli

The Sunday Times Six months ago Mehdi al-Harati, an Arabic teacher, said goodbye to his wife and four children in Dublin and went off to war. Last week I was alongside him and his men — many of them from Britain — as they prepared to storm the Bastille of the Libyan revolution. In quick […]

I was shot in the head and survived

The Sunday Times The bullet clanged into my helmet, smacking the Kevlar into the left side of my skull and throwing me to the ground. The shock of being floored by something I couldn’t see confused me: it took a few seconds to realise I’d been hit in the head. I could hear a metallic […]

Onslaught on oil town tightens noose on Tripoli

The Sunday Times The sniper’s bullet sliced into Musab Shawish’s thigh as the rebel fighter rammed another magazine clip into his assault rifle. The 26-year-old student crumpled to the ground among the empty bullet casings strewn across the rebel-controlled road junction in the centre of Zawiya. Still able to move despite his wound, Shawish rolled […]

Exclusive: interview with Talib fighter who shot down Navy Seals’ chinook

The Sunday Times A Taliban fighter has given the first account of how his unit fired two “opportunist” rocket-propelled grenades that brought down a Chinook helicopter, killing 38 elite American and Afghan troops in the deadliest attack of Nato’s 10-year campaign. The special forces, some from the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, had flown […]