James Steele: America's Mystery Man in Iraq - Full Film

Guardian UK-The Iraq war: 10 Years On, Searching for U.S. COL. James Steele

This is a film about how undercover

US operatives fomented the intractable

sectarian war, in what was once a

secular and relatively modern state

(albeit, addled by the governance of the

despicably corrupt and bloodthirsty

Saddam Hussein, "Our Man" in Iraq; a

CIA asset who'd served Wsetern

interests by fighting a proxy war on

the West's behalf against Iran for a


A 15-month investigation by the

Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how

retired US colonel James Steele, a

veteran of American proxy wars in

El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a

key role in training and overseeing

US-funded special police commandos

who ran a network of torture centers

in Iraq.

Another special forces veteran, Colonel

James Coffman, worked with Steele

and reported directly to General David

Petraeus, who had been sent into Iraq

to organize the Iraqi security services


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