By Ian Rutledge
Among July 1920 and February 1921, within the territory referred to as Mesopotamia - now the trendy nation of Iraq - an Arab rebellion got here perilously with regards to causing a shattering defeat upon the British Empire. a major peasant military led by way of Shi'i clerics, Baghdad notables, disaffected sheikhs and previous Ottoman military officials surrounded and besieged British garrisons with sand-bagged entrenchments; British columns and armoured trains have been ambushed and destroyed; and well-armed British gunboats have been sunk or captured. the search for oil was once important to Britain's center East coverage in the course of the First global conflict and used to be one of many imperative purposes for its carrying on with profession of Iraq. even if, with round 131,000 Arabs in fingers at one level of the clash, the British have been just about pushed out. just a substantial infusion of Indian troops and the common use of airplane avoided a complete rout. Enemy at the Euphrates is the definitive historical past of the 1st British career of Iraq and the rebellion opposed to it in 1920 - the main critical armed rebellion opposed to British rule within the 20th century. utilizing a wealth of fundamental resources, Ian Rutledge brings relevant gamers reminiscent of Winston Churchill, Arnold Wilson, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell and Sir Mark Sykes vividly to existence during this gripping account.