Articles by Peter Maass

category: Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan

The Counterinsurgent

The New York Times Magazine  |  January 11, 2004
Major John Nagl was a leading military scholar on how to fight a resistance. But could he make his ideas work on the ground in Iraq?

The Ground They Fight On

War: USA, Afghanistan, Iraq  |  January 2004

Enemy Combatants

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 15, 2002
Ideas of 2002

Thunder Run

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 14, 2003

Project Eyes

The New York Times Magazine  |  December 14, 2003
New tools for an occupation.

The Race to Baghdad

Outside  |  July 2003
This spring, a quarter of a million Americans took a trip. It was noisy, hot, and violent. Accommodations were poor. Some of them didn’t come back.

Meet the New Boss

The New York Times Magazine  |  June 8, 2003
Dathar Khashab had what it took to maneuver his way up through the ranks in Saddam Hussein’s oil bureaucracy. When his new managers showed up wearing U.S.-issue fatigues, he didn’t miss a step.

Salam Pax Is Real

Slate  |  June 2, 2003
How do I know Baghdad’s famous blogger exists? He worked for me.

Trying to Rebuild Iraq, While Watching Their Backs

The New York Times  |  May 11, 2003

Back-Room Theocrat

The New York Times Magazine  |  May 11, 2003
Moqtadah al-Sadr wants an Iraq run by God’s laws. But first he has to outsmart his rivals, outmaneuver the Americans and get Iraq’s millions of Shiites behind him.


The New Republic  |  May 3, 2003
Dispatch from Baghdad

“Good Kills”

The New York Times Magazine  |  April 20, 2003
To get to Baghdad, the marines of the Third Battalion fought the old-fashioned way—by shooting as many of the enemy as they could. Their victims weren’t all soldiers.

Soldier of Misfortune

The New York Times Magazine  |  April 13, 2003

Hungry Road

The New York Times  |  April 6, 2003
Food, Too, Can Be a Weapon of the War In Iraq.


The New Republic  |  March 31, 2003
Dispatch from Kuwait

If a Terror Suspect Won’t Talk, Should He Be Made To?

The New York Times  |  March 8, 2003
Security and retribution in a murky world.

When Al Qaeda Calls

The New York Times Magazine  |  February 2, 2003
An Arab journalist’s close encounter with terrorists.

A Bulletproof Mind

The New York Times Magazine  |  November 10, 2002
The Special Forces are being engineered not only for the traumas of battle but also for its aftermath.

Dirty War

The New Republic  |  November 2002
How America’s friends really fight terrorism.

Journalists and Justice at The Hague

The New York Times  |  July 5, 2002

Gul Agha Gets His Province Back

The New York Times Magazine  |  January 6, 2002
It’s kissing the ring, cash stuffed in envelopes and bloody lawlessness again in Kandahar. The warlord has returned.

Paying for the Powell Doctrine

Dissent  |  January 2002
The illusions and delusions behind 200,000 deaths in Bosnia.

Special Operations

The New Republic Online  |  December 15, 2001
How to change a tire in Kandahar.

Camp Taliban

Slate  |  November 20, 2001
The strange last days of the mullahs in black turbans.

How a Camp Becomes a City

The New York Times Magazine  |  November 18, 2001
Every refugee camp has its own social hierarchy. In Shamshatoo, on the Pakistani border, it all begins with a man named Nusrat.

Emroz Khan Is Having a Bad Day

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 21, 2001
Which is not unusual, and helps explain why Peshawar’s youth are tinder for Islamic extremism.

The Volunteer

The New York Times Magazine  |  October 7, 2001
Finding love on the battlefield.

Do You Know the Way to Paradise?

Slate  |  October 4, 2001
Terrorism, suicide and the Quran.

The Zealot

The New York Times Magazine  |  September 30, 2001
Getting ready for the jihad.

Pakistan’s Everyday Dangers

Slate  |  September 28, 2001
The unnoticed perils of working in the Third World.

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