• Laith, an engineer with rimless eyeglasses, was younger and taller, and given to bursts of enthusiasm and displeasure.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • The one comforting thought for Othman and Laith was that, four years into the war, the Palestine was no longer worth attacking.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • Laith had a job with an American organization, affiliated with the National Endowment for Democracy, that encouraged private enterprise in developing countries.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • These were coveted jobs, but over time they had become so dangerous that Othman and Laith could talk candidly about their lives with no one except each other.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • The two Iraqis, Othman and Laith, had asked to meet me at the Palestine because it was the only place left in Baghdad where they were willing to be seen with an American.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • Laith began to describe these strains.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • Othman was Sunni, Laith was Shiite.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • Laith rolled his eyes.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

  • Othman smoked by the window while Laith sat on one of the twin beds. (The names of most of the Iraqis in this story have been changed for their protection.) Othman was a heavyset doctor, twenty-nine years old, with a gentle voice and an unflappable ironic manner.

    NEWYORKER: Betrayed

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