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Dirty Wars -- It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. We have fundamentally changed the rules of the game and the rules of engagement. Today drone strikes, night raids, and U.S. government–condoned torture occur in corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” even a U.S. citizen. Director Richard Rowley takes us on a chilling ride with whistle-blower Scahill. Dirty Wars is a battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists.


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Release Date:
18 October 2013 (Spain) See more »
A secret army. A war without end. A journalist determined to uncover the truth.
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Nasser Al Aulaqi ... Himself - Interviewee
Saleha Al Aulaqi ... Herself - Interviewee
Muqbal Al Kazemi ... Himself - Interviewee
Abdul Rahman Barman ... Himself - Interviewee
Saleh Bin Fareed ... Himself - Interviewee (as Sheikh Saleh Bin Fareed)
Andrew Exum ... Himself - Interviewee
Abdul Ghafoor ... Himself - Interviewee
Philip Giraldi ... Himself - Interviewee
Matthew Hoh ... Himself - Interviewee
Patrick Lang ... Himself - Interviewee

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
William McRaven ... Himself (archive footage)
Emile Nakhleh ... Himself - Interviewee
Malcolm Nance ... Himself - Interviewee

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)
Mohamed Qanyare ... Himself - Interviewee
Mohammed Sabir ... Himself - Interviewee

Jeremy Scahill ... Himself
Anthony Allen Shaffer ... Himself - Interviewee (as Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer)
Hajji Sharabuddin ... Himself - Interviewee
Abdulelah Haider Shaye ... Himself - Interviewee
Hugh Shelton ... Himself - Interviewee
Yusuf Mohamed Siad ... Himself - Interviewee
Jerome Starkey ... Himself - Interviewee
Mohammed Tahir ... Himself - Interviewee
Ron Wyden ... Himself - Interviewee

Directed by
Rick Rowley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Riker  writer
Jeremy Scahill  writer

Produced by
Anthony Arnove .... producer
Brenda Coughlin .... producer
Scott Roth .... executive producer
Jeremy Scahill .... producer
Jess Search .... executive producer
Jacqueline Soohen .... associate producer
Lauren Sutherland .... assistant producer
Randall Wallace .... executive producer
Sandra Whipham .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Harrington 
Cinematography by
Rick Rowley 
Film Editing by
David Riker 
Rick Rowley 
Art Department
James Franklin .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Julie Alexander .... audio transcriptions
Christopher Barnett .... sound designer
Christopher Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Barnett .... supervising sound editor
Danny Caccavo .... sound editorial support
Ryan J. Frias .... sound editorial support
Paul Frye .... adr recordist
Dmitri Makarov .... sound editorial support
Brandon Proctor .... sound re-recording mixer
Ric Schnupp .... adr mixer
Cathy Shirk .... post-production sound accountant
Visual Effects by
David Rowley .... digital intermediate technical direction and finishing
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Press .... additional editing
David Rowley .... colorist
Jacqueline Soohen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Laura Dean .... music recording engineer
Hank Dutt .... musician: viola
David Harrington .... music supervisor
David Harrington .... musician: violin
Kronos Quartet .... performed by
John Sherba .... musician: violin
Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ .... musician
Terri Winston .... music recording engineer
Jeffrey Zeigler .... musician: cello
Other crew
Ryan Bishara .... intern
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor
Ryan Devereaux .... additional research
Devon Landes .... archive
David Rice .... archive
Said Rifai .... production accountant
David Rowley .... graphic design & titles
David Rowley .... title design
Lauren Sutherland .... researcher
Fabien Westerhoff .... director of sales & distribution (hanway films )
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Nancy Willen .... publicist
Spencer Ackerman .... thanks
Stephanie Ahn .... thanks
Matthieu Aikins .... thanks
Ashley Akunna .... thanks
Ammar Al Aulaqi .... thanks
Nasser Al Aulaqi .... thanks (as Abir Nasser Al Aulaqi)
Omar Al Aulaqi .... thanks
Mohammed Al Basha .... thanks
Claire and Rennie Alba .... thanks
Mohammed Albasha .... thanks
Brendan Allen .... thanks
Marc Ambinder .... thanks
Kellan Anderson .... thanks
Iris Andrews .... thanks
Shani Ankori .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Nathan Appel .... thanks
Alexandra Avakian .... thanks
Daniel Avery .... thanks
Neal Baer .... thanks
Haykal Bafana .... thanks
Geoff Bailey .... thanks
Ben Baker .... thanks
Ruth Baldwin .... thanks
Amir Bar-Lev .... thanks
Allison Barlow .... thanks
Joslyn Barnes .... special thanks
Elizabeth Benjamin .... thanks
Medea Benjamin .... thanks
Terry Bennett .... thanks
Phil Benson .... thanks
Suzan Beraza .... thanks
Sean Berney .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Geoff Betts .... thanks
Andy Bichlbaum .... thanks
David Bither .... thanks
Drew Blasingame .... thanks
Arianna Bocco .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Ron Bochar .... thanks
Boikutt .... thanks
Mark Boxer .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Elizabeth Brambilla .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Brandon Bussinger .... thanks
Nick Camacho .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Bonni Cohen .... special thanks
Harbor Picture Company .... thanks
John Cooper .... thanks
David Courier .... thanks
Kristin Feeley .... special thanks
Greg Fornero .... thanks
Isabel Freer .... thanks
Howard Gertler .... special thanks
Trevor Groth .... thanks
Isaac Guenard .... thanks
Matthew Hamachek .... thanks
Joe Hobaica .... thanks
Joy Holloway-D'Avilar .... thanks
Jameel Jaffer .... special thanks
Sam Jaspersohn .... thanks
Sanjay Kak .... thanks
Kim Kalyka .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Pardiss Kebriaei .... special thanks
Huma Khan .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Caroline Libresco .... thanks
Rebecca Lichtenfeld .... special thanks
Mary Martin .... thanks
Leslie Mayer .... thanks
David Menschel .... special thanks
Cara Mertes .... special thanks
Michael Moore .... special thanks
Frank Moshier .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Benny Mouthon .... thanks
Sheloa Nichols .... thanks
Larry Oatfield .... thanks (as E. Larry Oatfield)
Brian Reali .... thanks
Jennifer Robinson .... special thanks
Betsy Rodgers .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Talia Rubino .... thanks
Wade Rudolph .... thanks
James Schamus .... special thanks
Lauren Schwartz .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Liliana Segura .... special thanks
Jonathan Sehring .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Hina Shamsi .... special thanks
Lisa Smith-Reed .... special thanks (as Lisa Smith)
Glenn Snyder .... thanks
Neil Strumingher .... thanks
Dan Summer .... thanks
Justin Szalczyk .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Tony Tabatznik .... special thanks
Mary Tackett .... thanks
Technicolor .... thanks
Randy Thom .... thanks
John Vanco .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects
Michael Watt .... special thanks
Ryan Werner .... special thanks: IFC Films / Sundance Selects

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87 min
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Himself - Interviewee:It's important for the American people to know when the president can kill an American citizen and when they can't.See more »
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123 out of 143 people found the following review useful.
Why isn't this being more widely reported?, 7 June 2013
Author: DougWilliams88 from United States

A courageous film that brings the truth of America's war crimes to our movie screens. Pregnant women murdered in Afghanistan shot to death by US special forces in their own home. Innocent villagers in Yemen blown to pieces by US cluster bombs. Somali warlords paid by the United States government to kill foreigners. Meanwhile, young Americans celebrate outside the White House after the President announces that a man has been in his own home.

It would be hard for anyone to watch this movie with dry eyes, but how can an American sleep at night after seeing the murders our tax dollars are funding and elected officials are ordering? Hopefully this movie will spark a national outrage against America's crimes against humanity and bring America's military aggression to an end once and for all.

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