Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill stumbles upon a U.S. night raid gone badly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan. An Afghani witness swears he saw American soldiers digging bullets out of the dead women and Scahill's investigation leads him to the secret manoeuvres of the shadowy and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
Our reporter 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 Obama's kill list, including U.S. citizens.
From Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia, as well as back home in New York where he tries to piece the puzzle together, Scahill meets with CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals and U.S.-backed warlords who go on camera and on the record, some for the first time. He tracks down the survivors of night raids and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen marked for death and being hunted by his own government.
With a strong cinematic style and thriller structure, Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes investigation.
Dirty Wars is also a book by Jeremy Scahill on the same topic, exhaustively researched and footnoted and available on request.A Scahill's previous book is the international bestseller Blackwater.
"Scahill's Dirty Wars is a 70s style conspiracy thriller" (Rob Nelson, Variety) "with a remarkable, news-breaking revelations" (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian).
John le Carrao calls the film "Gripping, compelling and totally convincing."