Title

Bill Edmonds: Torture, Trauma, and the Moral Injuries of War

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Publication Date

11-12-2015

Abstract

Bill Edmonds arrived in Iraq in May 2005, at the height of an insurgency and in the midst of America’s rapidly failing war strategy. Assigned to train and supervise the Iraqi armed forces, Edmonds wanted to make a difference — yet the longer he submerged himself in the worst of humanity, the more conflicted and disillusioned he became. He returned home with no visible wounds, but buried under the psychological and spiritual weight of all that he witnessed and experienced. His story is a compelling testimony to the realities of war and its devastating impacts on all those affected by it.

Lt. Col. Edmonds is a decorated counterterrorism and counterinsurgency expert. He is also the author of "God is Not Here: A Soldier’s Struggle with Torture, Trauma, and the Moral Injuries of War."

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