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Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 18 October 2013 (Spain)
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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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Credited cast:
Nasser Al Aulaqi Nasser Al Aulaqi ... Himself - Interviewee
Saleha Al Aulaqi Saleha Al Aulaqi ... Herself - Interviewee
Muqbal Al Kazemi Muqbal Al Kazemi ... Himself - Interviewee
Abdul Rahman Barman Abdul Rahman Barman ... Himself - Interviewee
Saleh Bin Fareed Saleh Bin Fareed ... Himself - Interviewee (as Sheikh Saleh Bin Fareed)
Andrew Exum Andrew Exum ... Himself - Interviewee
Abdul Ghafoor Abdul Ghafoor ... Himself - Interviewee
Philip Giraldi Philip Giraldi ... Himself - Interviewee
Matthew Hoh Matthew Hoh ... Himself - Interviewee
Patrick Lang Patrick Lang ... Himself - Interviewee
John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
William McRaven William McRaven ... Himself (archive footage)
Emile Nakhleh Emile Nakhleh ... Himself - Interviewee
Malcolm Nance Malcolm Nance ... Himself - Interviewee
Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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Language:

English | Pushto | Somali | Dari | Arabic

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,504, 9 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,473

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$416,853
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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 »

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Jeremy Scahill: Kabul, Afghanistan, four in the morning. As an American jounalist I was used to finding stories in the middle of the night. But there is always something eerie, driving through the deserted streets. A city of three million, barely a streetlight on. There was a familiar routine, waiting for the crew to light up the next set so that you could see something in the background. But what could we really see?
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Ramallah Underground
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Courtesy of Nonesuch Records Inc.
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The Dirty Side of America's Military
7 March 2014 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Add "Dirty Wars" to the list of movies that make me depressed to be an American.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill plunges into the shadowy world of American strategic ops initiatives around the world, and the results, while not exactly surprising, are certainly chilling. What he finds are instances of American forces randomly going into obscure parts of the world and carrying out attacks that are as likely to kill innocent women and children as they are any people actively trying to do America any harm. At the center of these operations is a mysterious military unit about which virtually nothing used to be known, until this same unit carried out the assassination of Osama Bin Laden and elevated itself to hero status in the eyes of the American people.

Movies like "Dirty Wars" seem like a necessary evil to me. They bring to light topics that need to be addressed, but at the same time leave me impotently frustrated at my inability to do anything about it.

Grade: A-


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