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 resultant civil warfare 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 hard American strength within the Muslim global. In Aftermath, he tells their tale, exhibiting the opposite part of the U.S. battle 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 at last Afghanistan, the place Rosen has a terrifying stumble upon with the Taliban as their “guest,” and witnesses the recent Obama surge fizzling in southern Afghanistan.
Rosen used to be 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 conflict in Iraq penetrated neighboring nations and threatened their balance, specifically Lebanon and Jordan, the place new jihadist teams mushroomed. in addition, he exhibits that the unfold of violence on the road point is frequently the final result of particular guidelines hatched in Washington, D.C. Rosen bargains a seminal and provocative account of the surge, informed from the point of view of U.S. troops at the floor, the Iraqi safety 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 distinct own background and an unsparing account of what the US has wrought in Iraq and the zone. the result's a hair- elevating, 360-degree view of the trendy battlefield its consequent humanitarian disaster, and the truth of counterinsurgency.