Logan Nonfiction Alumnus Shane Bauer Releases Investigative Piece Detailing U.S. Involvement in Syrian Conflict


Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine and an alumnus of the Logan Nonfiction Program. In 2015, he went undercover to investigate corporate-run prisons, the subject of his magazine feature, “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.” The next year he went undercover again to investigate America’s resurgent right-wing paramilitary movement. Earlier in his career, Shane focused on the Middle East, reporting from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine.

In his latest piece, a 30,000 word expose on the United State’s involvement in the Syrian conflict, Shane uncovers uncomfortable truths about those fighting and surviving in the war-torn country. Accompanied by video, photographs and interviews recalling his experiences, Bauer’s ”Behind the Lines,” delivers a chilling window in to arguably one of the most devastating events in modern history.

Behind the Lines

Shane Bauer, May/June Issue

There are four main types of Americans fighting on the ground in Syria: special forces soldiers, CIA agents, Islamic extremists, and anarchists. As I putter in a motorboat across the Tigris River one afternoon in May 2018, I have no idea which of these, if any, I will encounter in the weeks ahead. The Pentagon already told me I couldn’t tag along with its troops; the CIA doesn’t publicly admit to having anything to do with Syria; the extremists would be happy to see me dead; and the anarchists tend to be cautious about tipping off the feds that they are fighting in a foreign country…

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