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Rory Stewart in Iraq 6th January 2006 Richard Barltrop’s letter (January) makes three complaints about my article on Iraq (November). He claims that I incorrectly called myself deputy governor of Maysan; that I heard the respectful Islamic term “Molai” applied to a politician and was unnecessarily surprised; and that there was an Iraqi interim governor and deputy governor in Maysan in July 2003. In each case, Barltrop is wrong about the article or wrong about Iraq. I did not call myself a deputy governor in the article—that description was placed in the sub-heading without my knowledge by Prospect. Secondly, as…

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