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 "Bashar al-Assad":

"… the report. Russia has been a major arms supplier to the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, whose forces also have been battling the Islamic State. (article continue …"

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 "Congress":

"… lion worth of weapons to Iraq. According to a July report by the Congressional Research Service, prior to the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011, Iraq …"

"… deal worth $6.17 billion, the CRS report said, but delivery was held up by Congress until recently over concerns that the government might use them in sectari …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… ontractors had been substantial contributors to the campaigns of President George W. Bush and the lawmakers who backed the war. Those stories are featured below as …"

Waste, fraud and abuse commonplace in Iraq reconstruction effort

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

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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 "Manhattan Project":

"… cent; Energy competed 94 percent; Homeland Security 77 percent.JIEDDO: The Manhattan Project that bombedAfter spending $21 billion, Pentagon still doesn’t have a hig …"

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 "DynCorp International":

"… or, usually a large American company like Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) or DynCorp International, will often subcontract some or even a majority of its work to other compa …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… essure brought it to light, said that the chaotic security situation after Saddam Hussein’s regime was toppled were “conditions [that] enabled the insurgency to …"

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

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… the Fund for Independence in Journalism Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, created and directed this project. He is the president of the Fund f …"

"… nbsp;The Buying of the President 2004 (HarperCollins). He founded the Center for Public Integrity in 1989 and was its executive director for 15 years. From 1977 to 1988 he …"

"… researcher/editor and writer at the Fund. In 2002 he was an intern at the Center for Public Integrity and conducted research for its best-selling book, The Buying of the P …"

"… rsity. Han Nguyen, a web development consultant for this project, was the Center for Public Integrity's software architect from 2002 to 2006 and the lead web developer for more …"

Baghdad bonanza

By Bill Buzenberg

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "DynCorp International":

"… of Halliburton—was nearly nine times greater than those awarded to DynCorp International, a private security firm that is No. 2 on the Center's list of the top 100 …"

Winning contractors

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "deputy assistant director for international counter-terrorism initiatives":

"… rom 1989 to 1993, when he joined SAIC. Board member W.A. Downing served as deputy assistant director for international counter-terrorism initiatives on the National Security Council and joined SAIC after retiring as an Army …"

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 "Poland":

"… ia and New Zealand Banking Group; Credit Lyonnais, Paris; Millennium Bank, Poland; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi; San Paolo IMI, Italy; Royal Bank of Canada; …"

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 "Saddam Hussein":

"… the historical facts that explain the rise of nationalist leaders such as Saddam Hussein. And while he is at it, since he is good at empathy, he might try looking …"

"… l wonder that the author Said Aburish said to me recently: “If you think Saddam Hussein is a hard man to deal with, just wait for the next generation of Iraqi lea …"

"… ere were several other candidates.The most popular was an early version of Saddam Hussein, the nationalist leader Sayid Taleb, who had gained popular support by thr …"

"… y the Iraqis, did not see it that way. They have been in revolt ever since.Saddam Hussein came to power in 1979 on a platform of Arab unity and resistance to Wester …"