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Legion of Brothers: A Cautionary Tale From the Frontlines of the War on Terror

The film provides an intimate look into the war on terror, revealing the human cost and unforeseen consequences of war.

Keywords: War on Terror, US Troops, Taliban, Afghanistan, 9/11, Military Decisions, Morality of War


"Legion of Brothers" is a documentary directed by Greg Barker and released in 2017. It explores the story of less than 100 US Troops who were sent on a secret mission to overthrow the Taliban immediately after the 9/11 attacks. In a world where terrorism continues to be a major global threat, this documentary offers an insightful look into the genesis of the war on terror.


"Legion of Brothers" presents a war origin story and cautionary tale. It narrates the clandestine mission of a small group of US troops tasked with overthrowing the Taliban in the aftermath of 9/11. The documentary delves into the complexities of war and the unforeseen consequences of their actions.

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Barker adopts an investigative approach, using interviews and archival footage to unravel the story. The research is thorough, and the subject matter is explored in depth, shedding light on the human side of the war that is often overshadowed by politics and strategy.

Historical and Factual Context

The documentary is set against the backdrop of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan by US forces. Understanding the geopolitical climate of the time can provide valuable insight into the events depicted in the film.

Key themes in the film

  • The human cost of war
  • Ethics and morality in warfare
  • The unforeseen consequences of political decisions

Film Comparisons

Compared to other war documentaries on iWonder, "Legion of Brothers" offers a more personal and humanizing perspective, focusing on individual soldiers' experiences rather than the broader military strategy.

Noteworthy Moments

A significant moment in the documentary is when the soldiers reflect on the long-term impact of their mission, questioning the morality and consequences of their actions.


Despite mixed reviews, audiences appreciated the intimate portrayal of the soldiers involved in the war. Critics noted the documentary's ability to humanize the often impersonal narrative of war.


"Legion of Brothers" is an important watch for anyone interested in understanding the complexities and human cost of the war on terror. It's particularly enlightening for those keen to comprehend the implications of military decisions on individual soldiers and global politics.

More film information:


  • IMDB score: 6.1
  • Nominations: 2



  • Greg Barker, Director: Known for his works focusing on international relations and war.
  • US Troops: The brave soldiers who share their experiences and reflections on the war.



  • Afghanistan: The primary location where the secret mission took place.

Key Questions raised by the film:

  1. What are the ethical implications of secret military operations?
  2. How does war impact the mental health of soldiers?
  3. Can the human cost of war ever be justified?

I wonder what the film would be in another art form

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  1. A famous book, it would be "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, as both depict the personal toll of war on soldiers.
  2. A famous song, it would be "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan due to its questioning of war and peace.
  3. A famous piece of art, it would be Picasso's "Guernica" representing the horrors of war.
  4. A famous celebrity, it would be Tom Hanks for his roles in war movies where he portrays the human side of soldiers.
  5. A color, it would be gray, representing the moral ambiguity and somber nature of war.
  6. A music style, it would be the blues, reflecting the melancholy and regret expressed by the soldiers.