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Nir Rosen


رداً على الإتهام الموجه ضدي كعميل للنظام السوري

خلال فترة عملي كصحفي على امتداد تسعة أعوام، اتُهمتُ بالعمالة للأمريكيين والإيرانيين والإسرائيليين والقطريين وحكومة أفغانستان وغيرهم. نحن معشر الصحفيين معتادون على اتهامات التشهيرية السخيفة. في إحدى المرات حكم علي الطالبان بالإعدام لأنهم ظنوا بأنني جاسوس. اعتقدت بأنهم أقل فطنة من غيرهم. الآن أجد أنه من الحري بي أن أرد على اتهامات المغرضين الدنيئة بالرغم من كونها دون مستواي الأخلاقي.  التهم الموجهة إلي تشمل "الاتصال" بالنظام السوري. وهذا صحيح فعلا وليس في ذلك ...

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A Response to the Accusation of Being an Agent of the Syrian Regime

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In my nine years as a journalist I was accused of being an agent for the Americans, Iranians, Israelis, Qataris, the Afghan government, and others. We journalists are used to these silly and ignorant slurs. The Taliban sentenced me to execution once because they thought I was a spy. But they are less sophisticated than others, I thought. So while I feel it is beneath me to respond to the contemptible people who now accuse of being an agent for the Syrian regime, I must do so ...

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A Critique of Reporting on the Middle East

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I’ve spent most of the last eight years working in Iraq and also in Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries in the Muslim world. So all my work has taken place in the shadow of the war on terror and has in fact been thanks to this war, even if I’ve labored to disprove the underlying premises of this war. In a way my work has still served to support the narrative. I once asked my editor at the New York Times Magazine if I could write about a subject outside the ...

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Who Cares About Osama

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A flight from Istanbul to New York the day after Usama Bin Ladin was assassinated is an inopportune time to write about what it all means, but I would be thinking about little else anyway between the security checks, the turbulence and the guy at customs asking me what I was just doing in Iraq. Last night thousands of Americans took to the street waving flags to revel in what was both righteous justice and jingoism. That same day hundreds of thousands of communists, leftists ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part II)

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[Read Part I here.]  On the afternoon of 17 March there was a government-supported demonstration in Baghdad's Karada neighborhood. About 100 demonstrators were provided with police escorts who closed the road on their behalf, unlike the police resistance protestors usually face in Iraq. Protestors carried banners stating they were from the “Khafija tribe, Beni Sa'd tribe and the people of Karada.” One banner stated: “The Beni Sa‘d tribe condmens the Saudi intervention ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part I)

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On 22 March, Sha‘lan Sharif wrote an article in the spirit of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” in al-Akhbar, the Arab world’s leading leftist newspaper. Sharif compared “the Jewish question” in pre holocaust Europe to the “Shiite question” of today. Jews were accused of conspiring against Europe, and against mankind throughout the ages, like rats carrying the plague, according to the Nazis. Just as Jews could not be trusted so too Shiites were accused of taqiyya, or ...

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How it Started in Yemen: From Tahrir to Taghyir

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On February 11 after the Friday noon prayers Yemeni students and activists organized a demonstration in the capital city of Sanaa in solidarity with Egyptian demonstrators frustrated with Mubarak’s refusal to resign. At about 1 PM they met in front of the small roundabout by the new campus of Sanaa University and marched through town chanting slogans and carrying pictures of Gamal Abdel Nasser the Egyptian hero of Arab nationalism. Less than 200 people took part and only two ...

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Aftermath . . . America's Wars in the Middle East (Part 2)

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Over the years it seems like every time I visited Iraq I had to remove names of friends or contacts from my mobile phone because they were dead. Perhaps so death seemed as foretold as that of Abu Omar, an Awakening leader I met in Baghdad's Aadhamiya district in 2009. His predecessor (also called Abu Omar) was killed by a suicide bomber. When I first met Abu Omar he seemed confident and marched around like the local warlord that he was. In February of 2010 I had to meet him ...

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Aftermath . . . America's Wars in the Middle East (Part 1)

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In my new book “Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World,” I look at sectarianism, civil war, occupation, resistance, terrorism and counterinsurgency from Iraq to Lebanon to Afghanistan. While half of the book looks at how the civil war in Iraq began and how it came to an end, other chapters look at the Taliban, the American military in Afghanistan and the Afghan police. The two chapters I am proudest of however deal with Lebanon, where I ...

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Nir Rosen


Nir Rosen has been reporting from Iraq since April of 2003 and has spent most of the last seven and a half years in Iraq. He recently returned from a trip to seven provinces in the country. He has also reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Turkey and Egypt. Nir has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and most major American publications. He has filmed documentaries and consulted for humanitarian organizations. Nir's new book, “Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World,” is about occupation, resistance, sectarianism and civil war from Iraq to Lebanon to Afghanistan. His first book, "The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq" was published in 2006. His work can be found on and more information on his book can be found at