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Dirty Wars (2013)

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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.


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Saleha Al Aulaqi ...
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Muqbal Al Kazemi ...
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Abdul Rahman Barman ...
Himself - Interviewee
Saleh Bin Fareed ...
Himself - Interviewee (as Sheikh Saleh Bin Fareed)
Andrew Exum ...
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Abdul Ghafoor ...
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Philip Giraldi ...
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Matthew Hoh ...
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Patrick Lang ...
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William McRaven ...
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Emile Nakhleh ...
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Malcolm Nance ...
Himself - Interviewee
Himself (archive footage)


Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the hidden world of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond. Part action film and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time. What begins as a report on a deadly U.S. night raid in a remote corner of Afghanistan quickly turns into a global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). As Scahill digs deeper into the activities of JSOC, he is pulled into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams "find, fix, and finish" their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for the "kill list," including U.S. citizens. Written by Anonymous

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A secret army. A war without end. A journalist determined to uncover the truth.


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$63,504 (USA) (7 June 2013)


$365,604 (USA) (2 August 2013)

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Ten minutes into the movie, the claim is that the police officer was dancing at a wedding party 01:00 just before being killed. However, the clock on the wall shows the time to be about 5:35. See more »


Himself - Interviewee: It's important for the American people to know when the president can kill an American citizen and when they can't.
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Amazing Documentary
1 June 2013 | by (Seattle, United States) – See all my reviews

The documentary covers the story of Jeremy Scahill's discovery of a secret war, without bounds, which the US government has been waging in the name of fighting terrorism.

We see Scahill travel the world interviewing families in Iraq, Jordan, Yemin and Samalia who have had family members killed when they were declared to be suspected terrorists.

I left the theatre feeling that it is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

I was lucky enough to catch a screening of this at the Seattle International Film Festival, where Scahill did a Q+A afterwards. He was extremely eloquent answering every question.

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