Wikileaks: The Iraq War Logs’

Wikileaks.

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 equivalent population size.

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One Response to “Wikileaks: The Iraq War Logs’”
  1. Monex says:

    The private Web site WikiLeaks acting through several news organizations it selected released a massive batch of classified Iraq war-related documents which contain no dramatic new revelations but provide critical context to the war and the U. — The number of Iraqi civilian deaths is still unclear but is probably greater than previously believed. Most Iraqi civilian deaths came at the hands of Iraqis but there are tragic instances of the killing of Iraqis by Americans as well.

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