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Jeremy Scahill and Dirty Wars on Democracy Now!

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill goes inside America’s new covert wars in his new book, "Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield." His story is also the subject of the film, "Dirty Wars" which opens in theaters June 7 and is directed by longtime Democracy Now! contributor Richard Rowley. Click to watch Part 1 or Part 2 of his interviews about the book. Select the "background" tab to see Scahill’s interviews on topics explored in "Dirty Wars," such as drones, Yemen, Somalia, Anwar al-Awlaki, and our related coverage. Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine, and author of the best-selling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army." He started as a producer with Democracy Now! in 1998, and is now a correspondent for the show.

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