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The problem with American Sniper, explained in 3 minutes

American Sniper, the Clint Eastwood movie about the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is expected to make more than $200 million in ten days, CNN reports. That's something only a handful of R-rated movies have done before.

The film is in large part an action movie set in the Iraq war, but it also depicts the sacrifices Kyle and his family made as he served four tours of duty. That said, the film has a major history problem: It deeply misrepresents why America went to war in Iraq and how the war actually went down. These inaccuracies aren't peripheral problems; they do a disservice to Iraqis and American veterans alike. See how in the video above.

Further reading:

How American Sniper is like Rambo

American Sniper is a dishonest whitewash of the Iraq war

Every movie rewrites history. What American Sniper did is much, much worse.

American Sniper’s huge weekend at the box office is a new milestone for Clint Eastwood