Investigators find Islamic State used ammo made in 21 countries, including America

By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith

A new report from an arms tracking group highlights how easily munitions shipped to the Middle East shift from one owner to another.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coalition Provisional Authority":

"… olonel who served as director of reconstruction logistics for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq from 2003 to 2008, said that …"

U.S. now faces threat of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq

By Douglas Birch

Islamic State fighters seize U.S. military equipment in Iraq, become targets for U.S. warplanes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… top speed of just 60 mph. To some of the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. M1117, aka the Guardian Armored Security Vehicle, has …"

"… n-built military equipment that ISIS captured after it swept into northern Iraq in early June. A promotional video by the manufacturer, Textron Marine an …"

"… ” By authorizing the first of dozens of airstrikes against militants in Iraq on Aug. 8 and dispatching more than 1,000 troops there as military adviser …"

"… lict that many Americans wanted to forget. In battles from Afghanistan to Iraq, the United States defeated conventional forces equipped mainly with Sovie …"

Finding the truth in 935 lies about war with Iraq

By Bill Buzenberg

New book from Center's founder discusses the orchestrated deception that led to war in Iraq, and what it means for the future of truth.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… nter published in January 2008, five years after the start of the war with Iraq. It was called Iraq: The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path …"

"… 2008, five years after the start of the war with Iraq. It was called Iraq: The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War. Working wit …"

"… mation coming from top government officials leading up to the start of the Iraq war in March of 2003. The project overview is called False Pretenses. …"

"… lying realities.” The realities he found in regard to misinformation on Iraq were stunning. “Our report found that in the two years after the terrori …"

Lobbyists helping banker recoup land Saddam 'stole'

By Reity O'Brien

Michigan banker hires lobbying duo to help recoup land he says Iraqi dictator stole.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… formation Act request made by Habboo’s legal counsel and reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The U.S. Army’s heavily-redacted response, dated Nov. 26, revealed tha …"

Invasion of Iraq, 10 years later

A look back at the Center's coverage of the path to invasion and the cost of war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Halliburton":

"… otherwise known as Kellogg, Brown and Root. KBR is a former subsidiary of Halliburton, which received a Pentagon contract to study the use of military contracto …"

"… was secretary of defense. Cheney went on to become the chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000.   In addition, two private security firm …"

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Articles we find interesting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

National Security articles we find interesting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… ded list of 10 useful lessons to be drawn at the end of America’s war in Iraq, appearing on Foreign Policy’s website. “It's very hard to improvise a …"

"… ranks of the Pentagon.A complementary, clear-eyed account of the misery in Iraq today appears in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, written by Los Ange …"

"… nt little effort trying to fix over the past decade. "Committing murder in Iraq is casual," a worried Iraqi anticorruption official told Parker, "like dri …"

"… fix over the past decade. "Committing murder in Iraq is casual," a worried Iraqi anticorruption official told Parker, "like drinking a morning cup of coff …"

State Department will inherit reconstruction duties in Iraq when troops leave

By Laurel Adams

IG questions whether State Department is ready to take over many reconstruction tasks in Iraq

U.S. embassy in Baghdad needs transition plan for staffing, vehicles

By Laurel Adams

As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011, the American embassy in Baghdad must make its own transition plans to prote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… n. (Congressional Research Service) …"

"… in Baghdad must make its own transition plans to protect staff, hire more Iraqi civilians, and manage its fleet of more than 1,000 mostly armored vehicle …"

"… war-time needs, with few cultural affairs officers and little contact with Iraqi civilians, according to the report. The Baghdad embassy submitted a trans …"

"… e several pages discussed staffing, funding, and programs in Pakistan, not Iraq, the inspector general said.The embassy should hand over to the Iraqi gove …"

Iraq prison diary: Whatever happened to the 'Six of Clubs'?

By Michael Bronner

Hussam Amin, a ranking official in the Saddam Hussein regime, told weapons inspectors for years there was nothing to find in his country

Excerpts from this story referencing "Huffington Post Investigative Fund":

"… translated by Alaa Majeed, an Iraqi journalist now based in New York. The Huffington Post Investigative Fund is an independent nonprofit journalism venture based in Washington, D.C. …"

Night-vision devices unaccounted for in Iraq

By Te-Ping Chen

The Pentagon seems to have some trouble keeping track of its materiel. The latest items to go missing? Night-vision devices....

Inadequate planning for post-invasion Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

The blame for Iraq's rise in violence lays with several federal agencies who failed to work together to plan for the future of Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… …"

"… of dollars. The blame can be cast widely. An official Army history of the Iraq conflict found that "the Army, as the service primarily responsible for gr …"

"… d by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, which issued two orders that disbanded the Iraqi military and gutted the Iraqi government by banning members of the Ba'ath …"

"… , which issued two orders that disbanded the Iraqi military and gutted the Iraqi government by banning members of the Ba'ath Party. Critics say those deci …"

Pentagon office’s misleading intelligence

By The Center for Public Integrity

Department of Defense used information not supported by other intelligence groups to justify war in Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector":

"… ent, but now-former Under Secretary Feith said on his website that the DOD Inspector General’s report was “poorly informed and illogical, arguing that poli …"

False premise for going to war

By The Center for Public Integrity

The premise that Iraq had biological and chemical weapons and links to Al Qaeda proved untrue

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… nce failure on Iraq. …"

"… tinuing ties to terrorist groups, and there are Al Qaeda terrorists inside Iraq." Just over a year after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, …"

"… ional weapons and terrorism — to win public approval for going to war in Iraq. But the premises proved to be false. The chief U.S. weapons inspector in …"

"… . But the premises proved to be false. The chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq concluded that President Saddam Hussein had no such weapons or the means t …"

Military failure to secure Iraq after invasion

By The Center for Public Integrity

Plans and troop numbers to secure post-Saddam Iraq were inadequate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Defense":

"… essments of his own Army chief of staff, General Eric Shinseki, and a 1999 Department of Defense (DOD) war game scenario, both of which predicted the need for hundreds of …"

Failure to secure weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Looting of poorly protected weapons depots in Iraq helped arm Iraqi insurgents

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central Intelligence Agency":

"… ts, such as the sprawling Al Qaqaa military facility south of Baghdad. The Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation each stressed to Pentagon officials th …"

190,000 missing weapons in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Lack of central records system for weapons distributed in Iraq means that missing weapons may be in the hands of insurgents

Delay in opening U.S. embassy in Iraq

By The Center for Public Integrity

Safety concerns and contractor fumbles delay the opening of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… ly 2007 at a cost of $592 million. But like so many other U.S. projects in Iraq, things went awry. The final price tag came in at $736 million; the buildi …"

Evaluating Congress

By Aaron Mehta

Members of Congress were far less likely than the Bush administration to spread false statements about the need for war in Iraq, according t

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… e Bush administration to spread false statements about the need for war in Iraq, according to a new study. The study comes on the heels of the Center’s …"

"… , according to a new study. The study comes on the heels of the Center’s Iraq: The War Card project, which earlier this year documented the administrati …"

"… e new study, part of Lance Hampton’s dissertation Justifications for the Iraq War: An Analysis of the Government’s Public Case for War, 2001 to 2003 f …"

"… war.The study looked at nine arguments that were used in favor of invading Iraq. In each case, the executive was at least one and a half times more likely …"

False pretenses

By Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith

Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a campaign of misinformation on the threat from Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "United Nations":

"… agreement "probably is a hoax." On February 5, 2003, in an address to the United Nations Security Council, Powell said: "What we're giving you are facts and conclu …"

Key false statements

By The Center for Public Integrity

A selection of the Bush administration's most egregious statements about the threat of Saddam Hussein and Iraq

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central Intelligence Agency":

"… t Iraq intended to use the tubes in a conventional rocket program, but the Central Intelligence Agency's contrary view prevailed. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence su …"

"… provided three separate briefings to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet, and finally to high-level White House officials. Th …"

"… ere is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction." Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet later wrote that Cheney's statement "went well beyon …"

"… as that, just three weeks before Bush's radio address, in early September, Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet told the Senate Intelligence Committee that there wa …"

Bibliography

By The Center for Public Integrity

Sources from the Iraq: The War Card project

Methodology

By The Center for Public Integrity

A look inside the Center's reporting process for Iraq: The War Card

Excerpts from this story referencing "Donald Rumsfeld":

"… olin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House Press Secretarie …"

Contracts with provisional authorities

By Kevin Baron, Neil Gordon and Laura Peterson

Some players in Iraq got their business from Baghdad and Kabul

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… efense and State Departments have granted the lion's share of contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan directly from Washington, a few U.S. companies have made t …"

"… Information Act; their direct dealings with the provisional authorities in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrate the complexity of tracking the role of private …"

"… vider MCI—have won contracts from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, the Iraq State Oil Marketing Organization, and the Afghanistan provisiona …"

"… have won contracts from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, the Iraq State Oil Marketing Organization, and the Afghanistan provisional governme …"