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Telluride: In 'Only the Dead,' Michael Ware descends into the heart of Iraq darkness

The Australian journalist Michael Ware remembers the moment war changed him. He was in Fallujah, embedded with the U.S. military when one night he decided to follow a soldier into a house, despite the likely prospect of a half-dozen jihadis waiting to greet them with gunfire. Ware quickly lost track of his armed compatriot and found himself lacking weapons or even a way to see. “Without night vision,” he recalls, “ I was suddenly alone in a house full of death.” Though standing near enemy gunmen at point-blank range, Ware managed to escape as the U.S. soldier killed many of the attackers. When he emerged, Ware said, something in him was different. “What I...

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