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War Report

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This page was last updated in March 2009 and is archived. There are about 14,000 documents and articles on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan listed and linked to here. For years to come this site should remain one the very best resource sites on these two wars.

Some small percentage of the links on this site will go bad each year. In the case of bad links you should be able to locate the publication by searching for the publication by name in quotation marks or by going to the personal webpage of the author.

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Archive Index by topic (2002-April 2009)

Periodic Official Reports on Iraq

Special topics pages:
Insurgent Iraq
Iraq Withdrawal & Exit Plans

Project on Defense Alternatives Reports on Iraq

Other Resource Sites


Archive Index by topic (2002-April 2009)

Periodic Official Reports

Project on Defense Alternatives Reports on Afghanistan

Other Resource Sites

Daily War News

Other PDA Websites

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lhoEngJulAug08.pdf">Reaching Out: Partnering with Iraqi Media
Lt. Col. Frank B. DeCarvalho et al. Military Review, July/August 2008 (.pdf file).

Iraq: Positive Change in the Detention System
Elizabeth Detwiler. U.S. Institute of Peace, July 2008.

After Saddam: Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq
Nora Bensahel et al. RAND, 30 June 2008 (.pdf file).

U.S. Lacked Clear Plan for Postwar Iraq, Army Report Says
PBS Online NewsHour, 30 June 2008 (See report below).

On Point II - Transition to the New Campaign: The U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom, May 2003 - January 2005
Donald P. Wright and Col. Timothy R. Reese. Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army, 30 June 2008 (.pdf file).

Quietism and the U.S. Postion in Iraq
Anthony H. Cordesman and Jose Ramos. Center for Strategic and International Studies, 19 June 2008.

Domestic and Regional Politics Delay U.S.-Iraqi Security Agreement
Nazar Janabi. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 19 June 2008.

An Argument for Documenting Casualties
Katharine Hall and Dale Stahl. RAND, 16 June 2008 (.pdf file).

Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq
Department of Defense, 16 June 2008 (.pdf file).

Report on Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq By U.S. Officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 05 June 2008.

Quickly, Carefully, and Generously: The Necessary Steps for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq
Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq, a Commonwealth Institute publication, June 2008. Executive Summary (.pdf file).

Shaping the Iraq Inheritance
Colin Kahl, Michele A. Flournoy and Shawn Brimley. Center for New American Security, June 2008 (.pdf file).

Invitation to Steal: War Profiteering in Iraq
William D. Hartung. Foreign Policy in Focus, 28 May 2008.

Iraqi Force Development
Anthony H. Cordesman. Center for Strategic and International Studies, 27 May 2008 (.pdf file).

Veteran Peacemakers O'Malley, Maharaj on Iraq
NPR, 12 May 2008 (audio).

The Iraq War: Key Trends and Developments
Anthony H. Cordesman. Center for Strategic and International Studies, 07 May 2008 (.pdf file).

The Price of the Surge
Steven Simon. Foreign Affairs, May/June 2008.

Iraq after the Surge I: The New Sunni Landscape
International Crisis Group, 30 April 2008 (.pdf file).

Iraq after the Surge II: The Need for a New Political Strategy
International Crisis Group, 30 April 2008 (.pdf file).

Outsourcing Intelligence in Iraq: A CorpWatch Report on L-3/Titan
Pratap Chatterjee. Corpwatch, 29 April 2008 (.pdf file)

Iraq 2012: What Can It Look Like, How Do We Get There?
Carlos Pascual. Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 03 April 2008. Posted on the Brookings Institution website.

Did the Troop Surge Work?
Lt. Gen. William E. Odom. Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Iraq, 02 April 2008 (.pdf file).

Iraq After the Surge: Options and Questions
Daniel Serwer and Sam Parker. U.S. Institute of Peace, April 2008.

After Iraq: Future U.S. Military Posture in the Middle East
Bradley L. Bowman. The Washington Quarterly, Spring 2008 (.pdf file).

Reflections on Religion and Politics in Post-Ba'thist Iraq
Eric Davis. The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq, Spring 2008 (.pdf file).

Situation in Iraq
Testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services, 08 April 2008 (.pdf files)
Amb. Ryan C. Crocker's testimony
Gen. David H. Petraeus' testimony and accompanying slides

'03 U.S. Memo Approved Harsh Interrogations
Mark Mazzetti. The New York Times, 02 April 2008 (see memo below).

Military Interrogation of Alien Unlawful Combatants Held Outside the United States
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, 14 March 2003. Released on 01 April 2008 and posted on the Commonwealth Institute website (.pdf file).

Saddam and Terrorism: Emerging Insights from Captured Iraqi Documents (Redacted)
Iraqi Perspectives Project, Institute for Defense Analyses, November 2007. Released in March 2008.

The Myth of the Surge
Nir Rosen. Rolling Stone, 06 March 2008.

Tensions Rise Between Sahwa and Govt Forces
Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail. Inter Press Service, 29 February 2008.

War at Any Cost? The Total Economic Costs of the War Beyond the Federal Budget
Joseph E. Stiglitz. Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, 28 February 2008. (.pdf file)

Sunni Forces Losing Patience With U.S.
Sudarsan Raghavan and Amit R. Paley. Washington Post, 28 February 2008.

A War We Must End
John Podesta, Ray Takeyh and Lawrence J. Korb. Washington Post, 26 February 2008.

U.S. Paid $42.4 Million to Iraqis
Sharon Behn. The Washington Times, 27 February 2008.


Archive Index

  1. Overviews
  2. Military Ops & Forces
  3. Older Military Ops & Forces (2002-2005)
  4. The Surge
  5. Civilian Casualties
  6. Humanitarian Crisis & Human Rights
  7. International Law
  8. Regional Repercussions
  9. US Politics & Public Opinion
  10. World Reaction
  11. Media Coverage
  12. Postwar Governance
  13. Older Governance articles (2002-2005)
  14. Reconstruction & Economics
  15. Oil
  16. Foreign Contractors
  17. Iraqi Politics & Groups
  18. Insurgency
  19. Iraqi Armed Forces
  20. Iraqi Opinion & Media
  21. Prisoner Abuse
  22. Weapon Inspections
  23. Cost of War
  24. Intelligence Failure
  25. Permanent Basing
  26. Secret British Memos
  27. Withdrawal
  28. Fallujah

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Periodic Official Status Reports

U.S. DOD Measuring Security & Stability in Iraq (quarterly)

USAID Iraq Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance Updates (weekly)

U.S. State Department Section 2207 Report on Iraq Relief and Reconstruction (quarterly)

U.S. State Department Iraq Weekly Status Report (weekly)

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (quarterly & various)

U.N. Iraq Documents & Secretary-General Reports (quarterly & various)

U.N. Humanitarian Update on Iraq (monthly)

U.N. Iraq Reconstruction & Development Updates

UNAMI Situation Reports (Archive)

UNAMI Documents

Multi-National Security Transition Command (various)

U.S. DOD Iraq and Afghanistan Casualty Report

Relief Web Iraq: Various Official & NGO Updates by Sector

Brookings Institution Iraq Index. Statistics on Reconstruction & Security in post-Saddam Iraq (bi-weekly)

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count (daily)

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List of Resources

Iraq Oil Report
Ben Lando. United Press International.

The Iraqi Conflict
Vincent Ferraro. Mt. Holyoke College.

Special Coverage: Iraq Aftermath
Documents, Resolutions, and Reports. FindLaw Legal News.

Iraq Revenue Watch: Monitoring Iraq Reconstruction Funds, Contracts, Oil
Open Society Institute, New York.

Informed Comment - Thoughts on the Middle East, History, Islam, and Religion
Juan Cole. Weblog.

Records Released in Response to Torture FOIA Request
American Civil Liberties Union

Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict
Washington, DC

'On War' Archive
William S. Lind. Posted on the Defense and the National Interest Website.

CPA Documents
Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq

Images of War From the Civil War to the Current Gulf War with Iraq
Media Literacy Clearinghouse. Columbia, South Carolina.

Iraq Crisis
Global Policy Forum. New York, NY.

Target Iraq
Globalsecurity.org. Alexandria, VA.

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Archive Index

  1. Overviews
  2. Military Ops & Forces
  3. Insurgency
  4. Governance
  5. Afghan Armed Forces
  6. Reconstruction
  7. Human Rights & Prisoners
  8. Global Repercussions
  9. Civilian Casualties
  10. Opium
  11. War Costs

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Periodic Official Status Reports

USAID Afghanistan Weekly Reports Archive

U.S. DOD Narcotics Control Reports with Afghanistan section (annual)

U.S. State Department South and Central Asia Reports. Includes Afghanistan Reports

Relief Web Afghanistan: Various Official & NGO Updates by Sector

Afghanistan Coalition Casualty Count (daily)

The Century Foundation Afghanistan Watch

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Afghanistan Reports Archive

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List of Resources

Torturing Democracy
National Security Archives, 2008.

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Kabul, Afghanistan.

United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Information Management Service
Kabul, Afghanistan.

Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict
Washington, DC

Afghanistan Reconstruction
Development Gateway. Washington, D.C.

e-Ariana Afghanistan News

Reports from Fundamentalism-Blighted Afghanistan
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Century Foundation Afghanistan Watch

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