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An ‘Iraqi Sniper’ Movie Is In The Works — And It Has Chris Kyle’s Legacy In Its Crosshairs
An award-winning filmmaker is developing what he describes as an “anti-war” response to American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s 2014 blockbuster film about real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s legendary exploits, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project is being developed by Amr Salama, an Egyptian director whose films have garnered widespread international acclaim (and condemnation from Egypt’s government) for their controversial depictions of Egyptian life. His latest film, Sheikh Jackson, centers on an Islamic cleric obsessed with Michael Jackson.
Salama’s upcoming project is a direct rebuke of American Sniper. The film’s working title is Iraqi Sniper, and fans of Eastwood’s film will likely recognize the actor attached as the lead: Sammy Sheik, who played Mustafa, an elusive insurgent sniper and chief adversary to Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper.
“He’s the hero in my film,” Salama told The Hollywood Reporter. “I hated [American Sniper]. That was my inspiration. I hated it so much that I wanted to work on a different version of that story.” Adding, “I’m trying to make an anti-war film. Whereas American Sniper was pro-war.”
The Mustafa character was based on a mythical sniper who fought with the Sunni insurgent group Islamic Army in Iraq. Known only as “Juba,” he was rumored to have killed hundreds of people, including American soldiers, at the height of the Iraq War. Juba was only active for two years and his existence has never been officially verified.
Several videos allegedly showing Juba in action only fueled the legend. One video included footage of at least a dozen attacks on U.S. troops, all of them attributed to the elusive sniper. In that video, “Juba” claims to have killed 143 American soldiers. In another, he threatens to kill President George W. Bush.
The Juba myth, which experts suggest was nothing more than insurgent propaganda, was extremely effective. A 2005 Guardian article, “Elusive sniper saps US morale in Baghdad,” features interviews with deployed U.S. service members who paint a picture of a prolific sniper “who waits for soldiers to dismount, or stand up in a Humvee turret, and aims for gaps in their body armor, the lower spine, ribs or above the chest.”
Iraqi Sniper is still in the script stage of development. Acclaimed Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy, who is also working on the project, told The Hollywood Reporter that he is confident the film will have “international appeal.”
“This story merits to be told even if American Sniper hadn’t come out,” Hefzy said. “He’s a very interesting character, a complex character. Amr did a lot of research and we’re trying to get his evolution right.”
A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.