Inside the Resistance: Reporting from Iraq's Danger Zone

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PublicAffairs, Aug 30, 2006 - History - 278 pages
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When members of the Iraqi resistance first told their story to the world, they told it to Zaki Chehab, a celebrated Middle East journalist. In Inside the Resistance, Chehab is able to show how the resistance fighters really view the elections, the Iranians, Saddam Hussein, Al Qaeda, and their new American occupiers. Alternating between the perspectives of a local insider and an international observer, he takes us through the critical moments in post-occupation Iraq, such as the bombing of the UN headquarters, the Najaf uprising, and the battle for Fallujah. Chehab maps out the regional networks of arms, soldiers, and ideology feeding into Iraq. He offers a startling portrait of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, based on interviews with his closest comrades, and provides astonishing behind-the-scenes snapshots of many of the key players in post-Saddam Iraq, including Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi, and the mercurial and always controversial Ahmed Chalabi, a political chameleon who, Chehab says, would give "Machiavelli a run for his pasta." This book makes clear that no one is better placed than Chehab to explain the intricacies of the battle for Iraq and convey the reality of life on the front line.

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User Review  - davidpwithun - LibraryThing

Very insightful book. Only the first chapter or so is really about "inside the resistance." The rest of the book is a detailed history of events surrounding Iraq's modern history and the lead up to ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Zaki Chehab is political editor of the Arab broadsheet, Al Hayat. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, the New Statesman; and he has made guest appearances on NPR, CNN, and Democracy Now! Chehab lives in London.

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