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Peter Schwartzstein

Peter Schwartzstein is a freelance journalist covering the Middle East, based mostly in Cairo.

Meet the Small Iraqi Town that Breeds Jihadis

No matter where you turn when covering the Islamic State's two years of terror in Iraq and Syria, one name repeatedly crops up: Tal Afar.


Iraq Is Losing Control of the Nearly 100,000 Militiamen Enlisted To Fight ISIS

Almost three dozen Shiite militias have joined Iraq's fight against ISIS, a battle initially thought to be short-lived. As the militias extort from the population, the public's patience is wearing thin.