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 "China":

"… and ammunition manufactured in at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States. The group’s report, released Oct. 6, in …"

"… ia itself, the report states. The next-biggest country of manufacture was China, the origin of 445 of the cartridges recovered from Islamic State forces. …"

"… produced between 2010 and 2014, according to the report, with Bulgaria and China accounting for more than half of these new items. Exemplifying the shifti …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… d dispatching more than 1,000 troops there as military advisers, President Barack Obama has sent U.S. forces back to a conflict that many Americans wanted to forg …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… ribunal,” Tamargo said.     …"

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 "Baghdad":

"… March 19, 2003 — ten years ago — U.S. warplanes bombed a site in Baghdad that military officials believed was the hideout of Iraqi leader Saddam Hu …"

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 "Baghdad":

"… northern Iraq during the 2003 conflict there, officials in Washington and Baghdad made its postwar reconstruction a top priority. But instead of spending tw …"

"… elped cut the national infant-mortality rate by nearly three-quarters. The Baghdad rail station was repaired on time and under budget. And telecommunications …"

"… U.S. occupation. It was the Pentagon that opened a contracting office in Baghdad that Bowen said was chronically understaffed — despite Defense’s …"

Articles we find interesting

By R. Jeffrey Smith

National Security articles we find interesting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… efully highlights the undermining effects of endemic corruption, a problem Washington spent little effort trying to fix over the past decade. "Committing murder …"

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

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

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 "prime contractor":

"… national Development — will award work to a “prime” contractor. That prime contractor, usually a large American company like Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) or Dy …"

"… ies are working under a subcontract.“Without good subcontract control by prime contractors and good oversight by the government,” said Michael Thibault, co-chair …"

"… urn over its financial records to the Defense Contract Audit Agency and to prime contractor KBR, which want to examine the company’s books to pinpoint how Khan obta …"

"… Read, a State Department official.Another proposed solution would require prime contractors like KBR or DynCorp to share names of blacklisted subcontractors and 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 "Cheney":

"… not be an occupying force. Just days before the war began, Vice President Cheney said, “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”Follow …"

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 "inspector":

"… 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 …"

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 "Iraqi military":

"… 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 Party. Cr …"


By The Center for Public Integrity

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemical":

"… on, possible possession, or efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons). In addition, any use of the verb "disarm …"

Baghdad bonanza

By Bill Buzenberg

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

Winning contractors

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "teacher":

"… s since 1973, lost the USAID contract for Afghan educational textbooks and teacher training to Creative Associates International Inc., a private for-profit a …"

"… d a no-cost extension of its 2002 contract from USAID to continue training teachers from its office in Afghanistan.Raheem Yaseer, the CAS assistant director …"

"… ks and blackboards to textbooks, curriculum reform, academic standards and teacher training and is worth up to $157 million. Creative was the 10th largest re …"

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 "Administrator":

"… uthority—whose members were appointed by Coalition Provisional Authority Administrator L. Paul Bremer on July 13, 2003—told reporters in an Aug. 29, 2003, tele …"

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 …"