Babak Dehghanpisheh is the former Beirut bureau chief for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He covered the Middle East for Newsweek for the past 10 years. During that time he reported on stories ranging from the capture of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran and the rise of Hizbullah guerrillas in Lebanon. In 2002 he was the lead reporter for “The War Crimes of Afghanistan,” which won a National Headliner Award and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.