Video journalist and VICE News Senior Editor Adam Schrecker sat down with US-based journalist and former CIA analyst, Daniel Dutta, to get the inside scoop on how the US military has responded to ISIS’ latest terrorist attack in Virginia.
Dutta has been working in Iraq and Syria since 2012 and is now an advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority, the US-backed Iraqi government that has been battling ISIS.
In this video interview with VICE News, Dutto describes his experience working for the US and how his experience as an intelligence officer in Iraq has changed him.
The VICE News team spoke with Dutts partner, Dinesh K. Mishra, to learn more about how Dutson’s experience as a former intelligence officer has shaped his understanding of ISIS and what the US is doing to fight it.DUTTA: So what’s been your experience working in a place like Iraq and then being embedded with them in Syria?KISHRA: So, I think that’s one of the things that I learned from being embedded in Syria and also Iraq, you know, how much the people are like family to you, and how much of a commitment they are to what they’re doing.DETTA: And so, they’re very, very proud of you.
They are very, extremely loyal.KISH: And, so, I mean, I’ve seen it in Iraq, I was stationed with them, and it’s like family.
And they were really, really, they really cared about you.
And I would say, if you have any problems or if you see something wrong or if something is wrong or anything that you think needs to be done, you can talk to them, you have a conversation with them.DUBNER: But then, you say, ‘Hey, let’s go out and get some supplies.’
What kind of supplies?KMISHRA : We’re using a lot of, you’re not going to have the supplies that we need.
DUTTA : Yeah.
And, they are, like, ‘No, no, no.
I don’t have the supply that you need, you need to go get it yourself.’
And that’s the difference between the two of them.
DUBNER : But what about, you, for instance, if the Iraqi military or their allies decide to go in and take some of the supplies, would you still have that relationship?KSMISHRA (interjecting): No, I would have to get more supplies.
Dutten is, like you said, he’s a professional intelligence officer.
He is a specialist in information warfare.
He knows exactly what he’s doing, what the enemy wants, what they need.
And he’s very good at that.
DUNTTA: What do you mean by that?KD: Well, for ISIS, you don’t just have, you get to go into Syria and then you get some of these guys who know exactly what they want, where they want to take it.
They’re very well trained, very well funded.
And then they just, you go in there and they’ve got the supplies.
And so you can go in, you walk out with that supply.DUNTTS: And what do you do with it?KOD: Yeah, you hand it over, you take it back.
You take it out.
D UTTA : That’s what they do.KMISHA: They hand it to the people.
They hand them over to the government.
They don’t give it back to the soldiers, you see.
So, you never know what’s going to happen.
You know, when you’re there, you are in an environment where you are constantly being monitored.
You’re constantly under surveillance.
So that’s a good way to be in an atmosphere where they are always watching you.
DETTA : And what’s the reaction of the government when they see that you’ve been there for a long time?KK: They’re like, “Oh, yeah, that’s great.
He’s gone to a new country.”
DUTT: That’s good.KD &MISHAR: “Oh.
Yeah, that means something to us.”
You can’t say, “Well, this is the future.
You’ve got to be careful now.”
You have to be very careful now.
You have got to watch the situation.
You don’t want to get caught in the wrong trap.
You just go in.
KOD: They don´t want to do anything to you.
You get to take your weapons back.
But they don’t care about you anymore.
They have no idea.
DURAN: So when you have an idea for an idea that they don´ts know about, that they know about ISIS, and then they have a decision to take a certain action