I witnessed the fear inspired by Blackwater and the military in Iraq
Elijah J. Magnier is a veteran war correspondent and a Senior Political Risk Analyst with over 37 years experience covering the Middle East specifically on the ground in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan and Syria. He specializes in political assessments, strategic planning, terrorist organizations, and non-state actors in various countries across the Middle East, in particular Iraq after 2003, and Islamic movements across the region including Hezbollah, ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Force). He has provided unique insights into political developments in Iraq where he lived for nine years, and in Syria, Iran and Lebanon, informed by an intimate knowledge of the main governmental and non-governmental actors. He has covered the Iran-Iraq war, the 1982 Israeli invasion to Lebanon, the war in the former Yugoslavia from Bosnia and Croatia, the wars in Iraq and Syria, the 2006 second war in Lebanon, the war in Sudan, and the 2011 war in Libya.