Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

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PublicAffairs, Apr 23, 2013 - Political Science - 512 pages
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In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us inside America's new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.

Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and other private security contractors, the CIA's Special Activities Division and the Joint Special Operations Command ( JSOC), these elite soldiers operate worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one hundred countries. Funded through “black budgets,” Special Operations Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch and grab individuals and direct drone, AC-130 and cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.

Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, Scahill reports from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America's global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of these covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.

As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe, setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans are not only at greater risk—we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims of night raids, secret prisons, cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his brave reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.
 

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This audio book is TWENTY-FOUR HOURS LONG. Yeah. I mean, I think one of the Song of Ice and Fire audio books is like 48 hours, but following a non-fiction book for 24 hours is a challenge for me. Mr ... Read full review

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An exemplary work of reporting and research documenting the considerable growth of covert US counter-terrorism operations, also known as "black ops," from the Clinton administration to the present ... Read full review

Contents

You Dont Have to Prove to Anyone That You Did Right
13
An American Story
31
The Rise of JSOC
48
Ali Abdullah Saleh
61
Were in a New Kind of War
75
No Blood No Foul
85
Stanley McChrystal
102
Their Intention and Our Intention Is the Same
118
The Persecution of Abdulelah Haider Shaye Yemen summer 2010
382
The President Can Write His Own Rules Washington DC and Yemen late 2010
386
Al Qaedas Foothold in Somalia Has Probably Been Facilitated Somalia 2010
393
Anwar AwlakiDefinitely Has a Missile in His Future
398
Act I
403
The Tsunami of Change
430
We Got Him We Got Him
444
Yemen 2011
453

Never Trust a Nonbeliever
134
The Death Star
162
A Lot of It Was of Questionable Legality
180
America Knows War They Are War Masters
191
Prison Break
210
Every Step Taken by the US Benefited al Shabab
219
If Your Son Does Not Come to Us He Will Be Killed by
230
Obama Is Set to Continue the Course Set by Bush
244
Special Ops Want to Own This Shit Like They Did in Central
254
Suicide or Martyrdom?
264
Obama Embraces JSOC
270
Let JSOC Off the Leash Saudi Arabia Washington DC and Yemen late 2009
278
An Unlikely Foot Soldier The United States and Yemen 20012009
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Blowback in Somalia Somalia and Washington DC 2009
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If They Kill Innocent Children and Call Them al Qaeda Then We Are All al Qaeda Washington DC and Yemen 2009
303
The Americans Really Wanted to Kill Anwar Yemen late 2009early 2010
314
Mr Barack ObamaI Hope That You Reconsider Your Order to KillMy Son Washington DC and Yemen early 2010
325
One Night in Gardez Washington dc 20082010 Afghanistan 20092010
328
The Year of the Drone Yemen and the united states 2010
350
Driving Anwar Awlaki to Hell
356
Yemen 2010
359
The CIAs Dating Service Denmark and Yemen 2010
364
The Auction of the Assassin Washington DC 2010
367
Martyrdom Is Why We Came Here My Brother Yemen 20092010
375
It Was ColdBlooded
458
Total Savagery Throughout the Country
487
Paying for the Sins of the Father
507
Acknowledgments
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Index
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Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Democracy Now! He has also appeared on Fresh Air, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, PBS NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill's work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism's highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater. He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, which won the cinematography prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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