A Fist in the Hornet's Nest: On the Ground in Baghdad by Richard Engel

By Richard Engel

While struggle broke out in Iraq, each significant U.S. community pulled its correspondents from the scene. regardless of the chance, Richard Engel stayed. As our tanks entered Baghdad in April 2003, he used to be there, bringing the Iraqi battle into American houses as a stringer for ABC information. decided to bring the complete center East tale, Engel moved to Cairo in 1996 after graduating from Stanford to profit 'street' Arabic. Then to dig even deeper into the advanced powder-keg of the Israeli-Palestinian clash, he settled in Jerusalem.

Now as Iraq enters its post-war section and the Gulf quarter maintains to dominate our nation's recognition, progressively more americans will come to understand and belief Richard Engel--especially in his present function as a correspondent for NBC Nightly information with Tom Brokaw. either analytical and anecdotal, this ebook leads us during the battle in Iraq, dissecting a myriad of center East matters, all from the vantage aspect of somebody who's 'on the floor and within the streets' to get the true tale.

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119 The Umayyad Era With the death of Yazdagird iii the conquest of Iran could be considered to have been complete. However, this does not mean that the country was now completely ‘pacified’. The following centuries were characterized by all manner of disturbances, which continued with larger or smaller breaks until the decline of the Umayyads who had been ruling in Damascus since 661. The ruling dynasty became embroiled in struggles with numerous political and religious opposition parties,120 and this repeatedly spread to Persia.

From these it appears that the elephant-troops of the Persians gave the Arabs a hard fight, and that the latter had to summon the utmost heroic bravery to hold out until auxiliary troops (allegedly 6,000 men) arrived from Syria, who forced the Iranian army to flee after Rustam’s death. 32 The booty was considerable: in addition to numerous treasures the old banner of the Sasanid Empire (Drafsh-i Kāviyān)33 had fallen into Muslim hands. The rest of the Persian army, which had gathered near Babylon, was forced back with little effort and withdrew to the east into the mountains and the 25 Thus Caet.

63 The information varies greatly; Athīr for example speaks of 50–150,000 men. For a general overview see ei iii 984f. 64 Ṭab. i 2630. For this not wholly justified designation see Caet. iv 475f. 65 Sebeos 104; Ṭab. i 2596–632, 2642–46; Dīn. 141–45; Bal. 302–5; Aghānī/Būlāq xv 41; Ibn Saʿd vi 11; Mas. , Hist. ii 179; Athīr iii 2–6; Yāq. viii 329f. Caet. iv 478–501; Qūzānlū i 323–38. 66 In fact, the battle of Nahavand claimed so many victims, from among the Arabs as well, that they had to hold back for some time and could not prevent rebellions from arising in Media.

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