Iraq Ablaze: Inside the Insurgency.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position:Book Review

Iraq ablaze INSIDE THE INSURGENCY Zaki Chehab Published By I.B.Tauris ISBN 1 84511 11 09 Price 17.99 Hardback

The battle for Iraq is the most misunderstood struggle of our times. Very few observers are able to travel outside the American-controlled Green Zone, let alone meet members of the resistance. Internationally renowned Arab journalist Zaki Chehab, however, is different. Having grown up in a refugee camp in Lebanon, he knows how to speak the language of people who consider themselves under foreign occupation. As a result, he has been able to penetrate the inner structures of Saddam loyalists and Islamic radicals, as well as reach out to ordinary people struggling to get by. Phenomenally well-connected, Chehab is the only journalist to have interviewed both the leadership and the rank and file of resistance.

Now, for the first time the comprehensive story of the Iraqi insurgency in all its complexity ferocity and passion.

Reading the graffiti on what locals call 'RPG-7 alley' in Tikrit, sitting down with the leaders of the most secret Islamic militias operating out of Kurdistan and breaking out after curfew to traipse across tomato fields with idealistic young fighters in Ramdami, Chehab reveals...

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