Losing Iraq: New Doc Examines America’s Past, Present, and Future Ties with the Middle Eastern Country


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Last month, PBS aired a new documentary that investigates the events that led up to the United States’ conflict with Iraq, the ongoing tensions that exist between the two nations, and what the future holds for the Middle Eastern country. The FRONTLINE documentary, Losing Iraq, is an informative film that captures the pulse of Iraq and examines its tumultuous relationship with the United States at present, and provides insights about how ongoing conflict will inform Iraq’s future.

Losing Iraq examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and asks: What went wrong? How did we get here? These are questions that many citizens on both sides of the massive conflict have been asking for years; it was FRONTLINE’s mission to try and answer some of these incredibly loaded questions.

A little background information, compiled by The Wire: “In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein. During the subsequent eight years, the U.S. spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of American lives fighting an insurgency waged against the new government. Today, two years after the last American combat forces left Iraq, the country is teetering on the edge of total chaos and threatening to pull the U.S. back into war,” of the current turmoil descending upon the volatile country. Losing Iraq investigates these factors deeply to try and reconcile how we got to this point and where we as a country are going next.

The documentary features commentary from foreign affairs experts, historical context, and insights from military leaders on what the future holds for Iraq. Former CIA director David Petraeus, who now serves as the chairman of KKR’s Global Institute, provides exclusive commentary in Losing Iraq. In the documentary, Petraeus discusses “his controversial ‘Sons of Iraq’ initiative, in which he put Sunni insurgents on the American payroll,” explains The Wire of this turning point in the war against al-Qaeda.

This and other commentary lends valuable insights into the current situation in Iraq, and sheds some light on the factors that have led the country into such a volatile place.

You can stream the full documentary at www.pbs.org.

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