Yehia Ghanem

The Trials of a Caged Man

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To Die for No Cause in the Hindu Kush Mountains

Ahmad Shah Massoud and the young Arab prisoners of the war between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan.

Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem continues his series of stories on the wars he has covered and the people he has met along the way with his account of meeting young Arab fighters captured while fighting in Afghanistan. Read the rest of his series, Caged, here.

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The Arab Children of the Afghan War

‘Don’t leave me here, take me back home with you,’ pleaded the 17-year-old Egyptian prisoner of the Northern Alliance.

Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem continues his series of stories on the wars he has covered and the people he has met along the way with his account of meeting the legendary Afghan leader Ahmad Shah Massoud and interviewing a 17-year-old Egyptian prisoner of the Northern Alliance. Read the rest of his series, Caged, here.

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Dancing with Arab Mujahedeen in the Hills of Bosnia

Over strong Arabic coffee, journalist Yehia Ghanem learned of the motivations of foreign fighters in the Bosnian war

Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem continues his series of stories on the wars he has covered and the people he has met along the way with this account of a meeting with Arab Mujahedeen fighting in the hills of Bosnia. Read the rest of his series, Caged, here

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How the Taliban and the US Fell Out of Love

The relationship between the US and the Taliban from the late 1990s onwards was defined by one thing: ignorance.

In the seventh part of his Chronicle of a Caged Journalist series, Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem explores the relationship between the United States and the Taliban, and the misunderstandings he believes are at the heart of it.

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Chronicle of a Caged Journalist: Under Taliban Skin

How the US became the enemy of the Mujahedeen and how, in the process, both walked into cages constructed of ignorance.

In the sixth installment of Chronicle of a caged journalist, Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem asks how the Mujahedeen and the Americans came to view each other as enemies.

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Chronicle of a caged journalist: Afghanistan: a crossroads for US-Arab relations

In the fifth installment of Chronicle of a caged journalist, Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem tells the stories of those he’s met while covering wars in Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Chronicle of a caged journalist: Chasing a childhood friend, a fighter in Afghanistan

In the fourth installment of Chronicle of a caged journalist, Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem tells the stories of those he’s met while covering wars in Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Chronicle of a Caged Journalist: Inside the Cage

In the third installment of Chronicle of a caged journalist, Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem explores the physical and psychological cages that imprison us. Read the first part – A trial without a case – and the second – Crocodiles in a courtroom.

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Chronicle of a Caged Journalist: Crocodiles in a Court

In the second installment of Chronicle of a Caged Journalist, Egyptian war correspondent Yehia Ghanem describes how his own life and freedom became inextricably tied to the fate of his country as it was dragged back from the threshold of democracy. Read the first part – A trial without a case – here: Chronicle of a Caged Journalist: a trial without a case

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Chronicle of a Caged Journalist: A trial without a case

I turned around angrily and grabbed the police officer’s arm, almost twisting it. There was no need to push me through that huge iron door into the cage, but he did anyway. He pushed so hard that I stumbled.

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