Dirty wars : the world is a battlefield

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Scahill, Jeremy
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In this book the author of "Blackwater," takes us inside America's new covert wars. As he reveals, the foot soldiers in these battles operate daily across the globe and inside the United States wit...

In this book the author of "Blackwater," takes us inside America's new covert wars. As he reveals, the foot soldiers in these battles operate daily across the globe 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 of America. 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 cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy. This book follows the consequences of the declaraion that "the world is a battlefield", as the author uncovers this important foreign policy story. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond the author 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. He unmasks the shadow warriors who execute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of violence that is now official policy as he tells the story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government. -- From book jacket.

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Jeremy Scahill
  • New York : Nation Books, [2013]
Physical Details
  • xxiv, 642 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
9781568586717, 156858671X, 9781568587271, 9781568589688

  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 531-613) and index.

  • "There Was Concern... That We Not Create an American Hit List" ; Anwar Awlaki: An American Story ; Find, Fix, Finish: The Rise of JSOC ; The Boss: Ali Abdullah Saleh ; The Enigma of Anwar Awlaki ; We're in a New Kind of War" ; Special Plans ; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape ; The Troublemaker: Stanley McChrystal ; "Their Intention and Our Intention Is the Same" ; "A Defeated Enemy Is Not a Vanquished One" ; "Never Trust a Nonbeliever" ; "You Don't Have to Prove to Anyone That You Did Right" ; "No Blood, No Foul" ; The Death Star ; "The Best Technology, the Best Weapons, the Best People-and Plenty of Money to Burn" ; "A Lot of It Was of Questionable Legality" ; The Imprisonment of Anwar Awlaki ; "America Knows War. They Are War Masters." ; Prison Break ; Hot Pursuit ; "Every Step Taken by the US Benefited al Shabab" ; "If Your Son Does Not Come to Us, He Will Be Killed by the Americans" ; "Obama Is Set to Continue the Course Set by Bush"; Obama's Signature Strikes ; Special Ops Want to "Own This Shit Like They Did in Central America in the '80s" ; Suicide or Martyrdom? ; Obama Embraces JSOC ; "Let JSOC Off the Leash" ; Samir Khan: An Unlikely Foot Soldier ; Blowback in Somalia ; "If They Kill Innocent Children and Call Them al Qaeda, Then We Are All al Qaeda" ; "The Americans Really Wanted to Kill Anwar" ; "Mr. Barack Obama...I Hope That You Reconsider Your Order to Kill...My Son" ; One Night in Gardez ; The Year of the Drone ; Driving Anwar Awlaki to Hell ; The CIA's Dating Service ; "The Auction of the Assassin" ; "Martyrdom Is Why We Came Here, My Brother" ; The Persecution of Abdulelah Haider Shaye ; The President Can Write His Own Rules ; Al Qaeda's "Foothold in Somalia Has Probably Been Facilitated" ; "Anwar Awlaki... Definitely Has a Missile in His Future" ; The Curious Case of Raymond Davis: Act I ; The Curious Case of Raymond Davis: Act II ; The Tsunami of Change ; The Fortress in Abbottabad ; "We Got Him. We Got Him." ; "Now They're After My Son" ; "It Was Cold-Blooded" ; "The US Sees al Qaeda as Terrorism, and We Consider the Drones Terrorism" ; The Pink House ; "Total Savagery Throughout the Country ; Abdulrahman Vanishes ; Hellfire ; Paying for the Sins of the Father ; Perpetual War
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