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 "Baghdad":

"… s in Farmington Hills, Mich., recoup a disputed 35- acre plot in southeast Baghdad that Habboo says once belonged to his family. Poblete and Tamargo registe …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… rown and Root. KBR is a former subsidiary of Halliburton, which received a Pentagon contract to study the use of military contractors while Richard Cheney was …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… id. But the largest responsibility for the screw-up lies generally at the Pentagon and particularly in the Army, according to the report. The Defense Departm …"

"… e frequently on the losing end of arguments,” Bowen reports. It was the Pentagon that failed to plan “for a lengthy occupation or a large relief and reco …"

"… n.” Defense officials have acknowledged that a substantial chunk of the Pentagon’s spending in Iraq went to repair the looting and other damage done by I …"

"… raib helped stoke widespread hostility to the U.S. occupation. It was the Pentagon that opened a contracting office in Baghdad that Bowen said was chronicall …"

Articles we find interesting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

National Security articles we find interesting

Excerpts from this story referencing "correspondent":

"… ears in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, written by Los Angeles Times correspondent Ned Parker. There’s blame to go around in his portrait of the country’ …"

Windfalls of War: A decade of keeping government spending accountable

By Sandy Johnson

Tracking the cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, $1 trillion and up

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil giant":

"… al authoritiesThree U.S. companies—banking powerhouse J.P. Morgan Chase, oil giant Chevron/Texaco and global telecommunications provider MCI—have won contr …"

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 "Middle East":

"… ious efforts coincide with a period of instability, in Iraq and across the Middle East. In recent months thousands of Iraqis have protested corruption and lack o …"

The struggle to police foreign subcontractors in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Nick Schwellenbach and Lagan Sebert

To win hearts and minds in Afghanistan and Iraq, military experts want U.S. companies to contract with local firms for a variety of tasks li

Excerpts from this story referencing "Perry Dalby":

"… million with just Tamimi, Tiefer said at a July hearing by the commission.Perry Dalby, Tamimi’s ethics director, said the company was not required by the term …"

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 "Iraq":

"… 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Petraeus":

"… ment distributed during Iraqi security force training (then led by General David Petraeus). The GAO also found that 135,000 pieces of body armor and 115,000 helmets …"

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 "Coalition Provisional Authority":

"… which failed to mediate disputes between the departments. Others blame the Coalition Provisional Authority, led by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, which issued two orders that disbanded …"

"… military leadership in the country than existed during the period when the Coalition Provisional Authority ruled. The DOD press office did not respond to a request for comment, but …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… y indexed database of all public statements on the two topics by President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Sec …"

Baghdad bonanza

By Bill Buzenberg

The top 100 private defense contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004-2006

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

"… 2006—far more than any other company, according to a new analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. In fact, the total dollar value of contracts that went to KBR  …"

"… f the process has shrunk during this same period. In an interview with the Center for Public Integrity, Walker noted particular problems with military contracting. "We have iden …"

Winning contractors

U.S. contractors reap the windfalls of post-war reconstruction

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chevron":

"… f other major American companies won contracts for work in Iraq, including ChevronTexaco, JPMorgan and MCI/WorldCom.ChevronTexaco, a major U.S. government co …"

"… racts for work in Iraq, including ChevronTexaco, JPMorgan and MCI/WorldCom.ChevronTexaco, a major U.S. government contractor and political party donor, joine …"

"… be controlled by the U.S. government for use in rebuilding Iraq. Including Chevron, there were only two contracts for oil-related work among the dozens revie …"

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 "Chevron":

"… companies—banking and brokerage powerhouse J.P. Morgan Chase, oil giant Chevron/Texaco and global telecommunications provider MCI—have won contracts fro …"

"… ed , South Africa; Banco Comercial Portugues, Portugal; and Akbank, Turkey.ChevronTexaco was one of six international oil companies selected by the Iraq Stat …"

"… ion barrels—the first Iraqi oil to be sold free of sanctions since 1990. ChevronTexaco ended up buying 2 million barrels.Both Chevron and Texaco (the compa …"

"… sanctions since 1990. ChevronTexaco ended up buying 2 million barrels.Both Chevron and Texaco (the companies merged in 2001) held contracts with the Iraqi go …"

Letter from London: A history lesson on Iraq

By Philip Knightley

'If you think Saddam Hussein is a hard man to deal with, just wait for the next generation of Iraqi leaders,' author says

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… sed them freedom and then planned to turn their country into a province of India populated by immigrant Punjabi farmers. Small wonder that the author Said …"