When my first article was published, I felt like I was under surveillance, and feared I might be interrogated at any moment. The same feeling haunted me with subsequent articles, along with nightmares about the Syrian security forces and its notorious dungeons, the moment of being arrested, escape, being pursued, and the inability to hide.
After the Iraqi army withdrew from northern Iraq in 1991, over 18 tons of archives documenting Saddam Hussein’s hideous crimes against the Kurds stayed behind. We publish the incredible story of how the files were uncovered, saved and stored.
The transfer of Baath Party documents to the United States in 2004 faced a campaign of criticism led by the Iraqi academic and writer Saad Eskandar. Here is a presentation of the reasons for this rejection and the questions that could be raised about the documents’ return …
The largest part of the regime’s archives is distributed, until present, on the political forces and is not available to scholars, which makes the consensus on one version of the story impossible. Yet the debate and divisions that took place following the death of Sultan Hashim represent one of the signs of this impossibility.
These are the facts of an incident narrated to me by a former employee of one of the companies owned by Rami Makhlouf; the maternal cousin of President Bashar al-Assad. The former employee refused to reveal his identity for personal reasons.