Film Review: Dirty Wars
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“The world has become America’s battlefield. And we can go anywhere and everywhere we want.” The conclusion of Jeremy Scahill’s gripping, unsettling and at times terrifying documentary may seem initially preposterous, but after 90 minutes of clinical evidence, his assertion that the US government is engaged in hidden wars across the globe seems brutally clear. The War on Terror goes on. And it’s getting worse. Dirty Wars focuses on journalist Jeremy Scahill’s investigation into America’s covert operations around the world. A veteran of wars in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan, Scahill is a hard-nosed investigative journalist who is fiercely independent and the narrative focus of the film. The film starts with Scahill investigating a US night raid on a village in Afghanistan that goes badly wrong. Far from targeting Taliban insurgents, the American’s kill two pregnant women and Mohammed Daoud, an American trained Afghan police commander. Dirty Wars doesn’t shy away from gruesome images, and footage shot by the Afghan family shows American soldiers talking over the dead bodies, with witnesses claiming to have seen the Americans digging bullets out of the bodies. Despite this, the official American explanation of the shooting is that the family was the victim of a Taliban honour killing.
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