Wikileaks Releases Iraq War Logs

(9AM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

At 5pm EST Friday 22nd October 2010 WikiLeaks released the largest classified military leak in history. The 391,832 reports (‘The Iraq War Logs’), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a ‘SIGACT’ or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 ‘civilians’; 23,984 ‘enemy’ (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 ‘host nation’ (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 ‘friendly’ (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the ‘Afghan War Diaries’, previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size.

Channel 4 News has accessed the data in the classified documents via The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and WikiLeaks but has been unable to independently verify their authenticity.

In total 391,832 individual logs – written by American troops in combat – tell the story of the Iraq war during the period 2004 to 2009.

The documents were leaked by whistleblowers’ website WikiLeaks and obtained by Channel 4 News via The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) ahead of an exclusive report in Iraq’s Secret War Files on Channel 4’s Dispatches on Monday at 8pm.

Channel 4 News via Real News Network – October 23, 1010

According to the New York Times today:

The secret archive is the second such cache obtained by the independent organization WikiLeaks and made available to several news organizations. Like the first release, some 92,000  reports covering six years of the war in Afghanistan, the Iraq documents provide no earthshaking revelations, but they offer insight, texture and context from the people actually fighting the war.        

A close analysis of the  391,832 documents helps illuminate several important aspects of this war:      

The deaths of Iraqi civilians – at the hands mainly of other Iraqis, but also of the American military – appear to  be greater than the numbers made public by the United States during the Bush administration.        

¶ While the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by Americans, particularly at the Abu Ghraib prison, shocked the American public and much of the world, the documents paint an even more lurid picture of abuse by America’s Iraqi allies – a brutality from which the Americans at times averted their eyes.        

¶ Iran’s military, more than has been generally understood, intervened aggressively in support of Shiite combatants, offering weapons, training and sanctuary and in a few instances directly engaging American troops.        

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    • Edger on October 23, 2010 at 02:42

    with their usual “we deplore”, “we condemn”, and “This security breach could very well get our troops and those they are fighting with killed” line of bullshit, with no recognition or awareness that the Iraq invasion and occupation itself is directly responsible for what the Pentagon now wants to blame on Wikileaks.

  1. somebody put one or both on the front page.

    Right now this blog just looks like you’re all on Acid 😛

  2. but at about 5 o’clock I read a report by Sam Stein about the war logs on HuffPo which had a link to wikileaks and the war logs. It showed the war logs with indexes and an explanation of why it was being published. I posted the link on dkos and it worked fine went right to the documents. Your link does not Edger, it doesn’t even look the same and nothing works in it. I went back to my link on dkos and firefox  says that either is overloaded or no longer available? WTF is going on? Then I went to see if the freakin TV had it on and of course instead it was wall to wall hysteria about teabaggers. then I come here and this thread is even more bizarre so what is happening?        

  3. We killed a million?  


    Did you see that outrageous Lady Gaga meat outfit?

    The closest those people will get to a protest is :

    The American protest movement, at it’s finest.  

  4. not by what I knew we were doing or it’s verification via wikileaks but by the lack of reaction and indifference to these documents by people who support the Democrat’s who are moving forward with the same war crimes and agenda even the same people. It just blew me away to watch the TV and hear the same hysterical screeching about teabaggers and how the Democrat’s were saving our democracy. I just feel empty and disgusted that these documents can be released and yet the show goes on and people choose to fight for a administration a party a government that is so psycho.

    A decade later and were still rabidly insane, hell bent on vengeance and the majority all says they are terrorists not humans and war is hell. I got to say this does not make me enthusiastic it makes me want to get out of this place. which is pointless as we are have spread our madness globally. Thanks Edger the links including this one, which for me anyway is easier to deal with are all functioning. I still find it hard to grasp that these documents will change nothing and that our media seems even more in blackout mode then during the bush regime.…    

  5. the wikileak at dkos is deafening. I just can’t get over it. How can they just keep posting shit like BWD’s latest obscenity about how there is a news blackout about Obama’s fucking rallies and no one seems to give a rat’s ass about this?  


    Which nonetheless details the incredible price he’s paying for being a hero.  

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