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 "Lt. Gen.":

"… ons like M16s. “You gotta accept some risk in this,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, who directed the training and equipping of Iraqi police a …"

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 "Afghanistan":

"… back to a conflict that many Americans wanted to forget. In battles from Afghanistan to Iraq, the United States defeated conventional forces equipped mainly wi …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… n Baghdad that military officials believed was the hideout of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Although the failed attempt to kill him was followed two days later by ho …"

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 "Middle East":

"… rs. But U.S. dreams of fostering a thriving, Western-style economy in the Middle East have not been realized. Almost all of Iraq’s gains have come from oil pr …"

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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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… nistration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about Saddam Hussein's Iraq, making more than 900 false statements935 false statements: Ke …"

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 "Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction":

"… nd construction sites.Raymond DiNunzio, the head of investigations for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, said that in some cases involving reconstruction projects, “without per …"

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

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 "Charles Lewis":

"… as updated.   Credits For the Fund for Independence in Journalism Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, created and directed this …"

Baghdad bonanza

By Bill Buzenberg

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Service Administration":

"… ting process more transparent and the search for data—available from the General Service Administration's Federal Procurement Data System—more methodical.But not all contracts …"

Winning contractors

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… rocess.Vice President Dick Cheney is a former defense secretary and former CEO of Halliburton and still receives deferred compensation from the company. …"

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 "Coalition Provisional Authority":

"… o and global telecommunications provider MCI—have won contracts from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, the Iraq State Oil Marketing Organization, and the Afghanistan pr …"

"… ernment.In Iraq, Peter McPherson, director of economic development for the Coalition Provisional Authority—whose members were appointed by Coalition Provisional Authority Administ …"

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

"… rs in the Baghdad area. According to an MCI spokesperson, the Pentagon-led Coalition Provisional Authority awarded the contract to MCI in late May 2003 after approaching several oth …"

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