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In the novel They Came to Baghdad, Captain Crosbie is an employee of the Iraqi Iranian Oil Company. He is the first character to appear, having just come to Baghdad from Kirkuk. After a brief visit to his bank, he goes to the oil company office in Rashid Street.

In reality Crosbie is a British intelligence agent, as is his superior in the company Mr Dakin. Dakin heads British intelligence operations in Baghdad, with Crosbie as his number two.

Crosbie is described as a short stocky man. As is typical of an intelligence agent, there is "nothing remarkable about him". There are "heaps of Crosbies in the East".

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