Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the by Nir Rosen

By Nir Rosen

Nir Rosen’s Aftermath, a unprecedented feat of reporting, follows the contagious unfold of radicalism and sectarian violence that the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the consequent civil struggle have unleashed within the Muslim world.

 

Rosen—who the Weekly Standard as soon as bitterly complained has “great entry to the Baathists and jihadists who make up the Iraqi insurgency”— has spent approximately a decade between warriors and militants who've been not easy American strength within the Muslim international. In Aftermath, he tells their tale, displaying the opposite aspect of the U.S. conflict on terror, touring from the battle-scarred streets of Baghdad to the alleys, villages, refugee camps, mosques, and killing grounds of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and eventually Afghanistan, the place Rosen has a terrifying come across with the Taliban as their “guest,” and witnesses the recent Obama surge fizzling in southern Afghanistan.

Rosen was once one of many few Westerners to enterprise contained in the mosques of Baghdad to witness the 1st stirrings of sectarian hatred within the months after the U.S. invasion. He indicates how guns, strategies, and sectarian rules from the civil struggle in Iraq penetrated neighboring international locations and threatened their balance, in particular Lebanon and Jordan, the place new jihadist teams mushroomed. additionally, he indicates that the unfold of violence on the highway point is usually the end result of particular guidelines hatched in Washington, D.C. Rosen deals a seminal and provocative account of the surge, instructed from the viewpoint of U.S. troops at the flooring, the Iraqi protection forces, Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents that have been either allies and adversaries. He additionally tells the tale of what occurred to those militias after they outlived their usefulness to the Americans.

Aftermath is either a special own heritage and an unsparing account of what the United States has wrought in Iraq and the quarter. the result's a hair- elevating, 360-degree view of the fashionable battlefield its consequent humanitarian disaster, and the truth of counterinsurgency.

 

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