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Iraq's sectarian war | James Steele: America's mystery man | Guardian Investigations

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Published on Mar 8, 2013

As Isis closes in on Baghdad - find out how US funded torture centres helped fuel the sectarian war in Iraq.
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James Steele: America's mystery man in Iraq. A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic revealed 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 centres in Iraq.
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Another special forces veteran, Colonel James Coffman, worked with Steele and reported directly to General David Petraeus, who had been sent into Iraq to organise the Iraqi security services.

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