The Guardian – Investigation: USA Involvement in Iraq’s Sectarian War

Posted on October 5, 2014

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First released by the Guardian on youtube in March 2013:

Comment from an interview with Maggie O’Kane, Executive Producer of this documentary:

“This is one of the untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion, the United States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture centers to fight the insurgency. It was a decision that helped fuel a sectarian civil war between Shia and Sunni that ripped the country apart. At its height, it was claiming 3,000 victims a month.

This is also the story of James Steele, the veteran of America’s Dirty War in El Salvador. He was in charge of the U.S. advisers who trained notorious Salvadoran paramilitary units to fight left-wing guerrillas. Steele was chosen by the Bush administration to work with General David Petraeus to organize these paramilitary police commandos. […] ”

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