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Days of the Fall


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Table of Contents

  1. Birth of an Insurgency
  2. The Battle for Aleppo
  3. Rojava: The Kurds Alone
  4. The Siege of Kobani, Interviewing ISIS
  5. Black Summer, 2014.
  6. A YPG Volunteer
  7. Uncovering ISIS' use of chemical weapons
  8. With the Shia Militias in Iraq
  9. The Ghosts of Shorja Market
  10. Wasteland: Northern Syria, winter 2015.
  11. The Rebellion at Twilight
  12. Before Mosul
  13. In the Ruined City
  14. Undercover in Damascus

About the Author

Jonathan Spyer is a journalist and researcher. He is originally from the UK and has lived in Jerusalem, Israel, since 1991. His research focuses on the Levant, and he has covered events in Syria extensively over the last decade.


"Spyer explores what is probably the most sensitive and complicated spot in the world, at least in the first two decades of the new century, namely, Syria and Iraq, both of which are engulfed in continuous turmoil and irreconcilable conflicts-an endless vertigo, if you will."

Dimitar Mihaylov, Bulgarian Ambassador to Israel, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2017

"Jonathan weaves his personal experiences with rebels, Islamists, militias, and even the Syrian government with his expertise on the region to present a compelling and fascinating narrative of the chaos in Iraq and Syria. If you want to understand why the future of the Middle East is bleak and Islamism is here to stay, this is the book you should read."

Bill Roggio, Editor of Long War Journal

"If you read one book on the carnage in Syria-Iraq, make it this one. Jonathan Spyer's reporting stands out for its mix of deep knowledge, crisp prose, and personal witness. His courage, savvy, and insight have my admiration."

Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum "An insightful and easy read that gives life to the paradoxical world of the Syrian uprising. Rich in vignettes of the conflict that has confounded leaders, policymakers and changed the face of the Middle East, Europe and the world beyond. A truly must read for laymen and experts alike." Andrew J. Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy "The unique selling point of Spyer's book is the manner in which he bridges the think-tank and combat journalism worlds. Days of the Fall is informative and analytical, but remains highly readable and accessible. It is one of the best books I've read on the Arab Spring in Iraq and Syria, and I expect it to remain so for a long time to come." Daniel J. Levy, Conatus News

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