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 "Blackwater":

"… om 1995 to 2000.   In addition, two private security firms, Blackwater and Triple Canopy, collected at least $3.1 billion, according to a March 1 …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

$60-billion pipe dream for creation of a Western-style economy

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… e Iraq reconstruction effort. …"

"… once troops leave. The latest report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction reveals daunting transition tasks for State: closing recons …"

"… teams in provincial areas, opening diplomatic posts in volatile regions of Iraq, taking over the police force development and doubling civilian personnel …"

"… rently. These ambitious efforts coincide with a period of instability, in Iraq and across the Middle East. In recent months thousands of Iraqis have prot …"

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 "inspector":

"… nage its fleet of more than 1,000 mostly armored vehicles, a report by the inspector general of the State Department found.The current state of the embassy ref …"

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

"… he embassy has assessed the existing ones and figured out staff needs, the inspector general said.FAST FACT: Maintaining an American employee at the embassy in …"

Military failure to secure Iraq after invasion

By The Center for Public Integrity

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

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

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