Invasion of Iraq, 10 years later

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

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

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"… 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

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"… 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 …"

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

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"… …"

"… 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 …"

Military failure to secure Iraq after invasion

By The Center for Public Integrity

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

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"… icted the need for hundreds of thousands of troops to secure post-invasion Iraq — far more than the 148,000 who were eventually assigned the job. Accord …"

"… ned the job. According to an official U.S. Army history of the conflict in Iraq, “The military means employed were sufficient to destroy the Saddam regi …"

"… ver since.” Though there were some strategies for securing post-invasion Iraq, “few if any made it into the serious planning process,” according to …"

"… told the Senate in 2006 that there were “clearly insufficient troops in Iraq after the initial invasion to establish control over the country.” In ea …"

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

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"… and and Iraq Ministries of Defense and Interior. In July 2008, the DOD’s inspector general completed a follow-up report that noted significant improvements i …"