Since its opening in 1982, the hotel has been central to the turbulent events experienced by the Iraqi capital.
Kenneth Morrison is a Professor of Modern History at De Montfort University in the UK. He is the author of five books on the modern history of the Wes... tern Balkans including 'Nationalism, identity and Statehood in Post-Yugoslav Montenegro' and is also the co-author (with Paul Lowe) of ‘Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo’. He is the co-author of ‘War Hotels’ (2022) and historical consultant for the Al Jazeera documentary series of the same name.
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