Once Upon a Time in Iraq

This incisive series reconstructs our understanding of the Iraq war - examining its human impact, its crucial mistakes and its tumultuous legacy. Emotional accounts, key characters and previously ignored perspectives reveal a story with many different truths.


Air Date: November 30, 2020 - 59:33
In 2004, Waleed Nesyif is forced to flee Iraq following death threats for working for American journalists as a translator. By the time America finally withdraws all its troops from Iraq in 2011, he is a Canadian citizen.
Air Date: November 23, 2020 - 58:58
When Saddam Hussein is captured by coalition forces in December 2003, politicians in the White House believe this will be the turning point they need to bring democracy to Iraq.
Air Date: November 16, 2020 - 58:59
Dexter Filkins and photographer Ashley Gilbertson are working for the New York Times when they enter Fallujah with Bravo Company in November 2004.
Air Date: November 09, 2020 - 58:46
When Lieutenant Colonel Nate Sassaman arrived in Iraq in 2003, his belief in the task ahead was unquestioning. Six months into his tour, caught in the political and literal crossfire of the insurgency, his good intentions were shattered.