In this groundbreaking book of new reportage, sure to stir a global
debate, journalist Jeremy Scahill—author of the acclaimed international bestseller Blackwater—takes
us into the heart of the War on Terror’s most dangerous battlefields as he
chases down the most important foreign policy story of our time.
From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill
speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces
operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep
into al-Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with
CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone
strikes—including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their
own government—who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United
States struggles to keep hidden.
Written in a gripping, action-packed narrative nonfiction style, Dirty
Wars: The World is a Battlefield reveals that, despite his pledge to bring
accountability to US wars and to end Bush-era abuses, President Barack Obama
has kept in place many of the most dangerous and secret programs that thrived
under his predecessor. In stunning detail, Scahill exposes how Obama has
escalated these secret US wars and has built up an elite secret US military
unit that answers to no one but the president himself. Scahill reveals the
existence of previously unreported secret prisons, kidnappings, assassinations,
and cover-ups of covert operations gone terribly wrong.
In this remarkable story from the frontlines of the undeclared
battlefields of the War on Terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill documents the new
paradigm of American war: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units
that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never
picture that emerges in Dirty Wars is of a secret US killing
machine that has grown more powerful than whatever president happens to reside
in the White House. Scahill argues that far from keeping the United States—and
the world—safe from terrorism, these covert American wars ensure that the
terror will grow and spread.
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