The Secret Iraq Files

2010, Military and War  -   45 Comments
Ratings: 7.60/10 from 25 users.

The Secret Iraq FilesIn the biggest leak of military secrets in history, WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, has released 400,000 secret US files detailing every aspect of the war in Iraq, copies of which have been obtained by Al Jazeera.

The sheer magnitude of data contained in the secret files reveals a graphic narrative of the war that goes far beyond any information about the conflict ever released into the public domain.

Using thousands of classified US military reports, Al Jazeera is now able to tell the inside story of a war which left thousands dead and a country fractured along sectarian lines.

Working with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London for the past 10 weeks, Al Jazeera has analysed tens of thousands of documents, finding facts the US has kept hidden from public scrutiny.

What has been uncovered often contradicts the official narrative of the conflict. For example, the leaked data shows that the US has been keeping records of Iraqi deaths and injuries throughout the war, despite public statements to the contrary.

The latest cache of files pertains to a period of six years – from January 1, 2004, to December 31, 2009 – and shows that 109,000 people died during this time. Of those, a staggering 66,081 – two-thirds of the total – were civilians.

Related: Iraq's Secret War Files (WikiLeaks Special)

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45 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Milanka J Sullivan

    WHY is Manning in Jail? Why is Julian Assange not living FREE and PROTECTED here in Australia? #auspol

  2. Stuart Heinrichs

    The U.S. no longer has any statesmen. All we have are politicians. Statesmen represent their country and it's people. Politicians represent themselves and their own personal gain. As a U.S. citizen I and millions of others are trying to change this. Right now all we have are corrupt politicians.

  3. manfruss

    Violence begets violence. The only way to stop the war and fighting is just that, to stop. Sadly, trying to get everyone to do so at the same time... :(

  4. Tristan

    I'd still like someone to explain to me, why did the USA decide to attack Iraq when it was a bunch of Saudi Arabian's who attacked America? Also, why did America go into Afghanistan when U.B.L. was caught in Pakistan? Really, there is always more to the story and one can usually tell what the real reason is why all of these things were done if you just follow the money trails. It would be curious to know who the beneficiaries are to the longest wars in U.S. history. I can only wonder..."Ahhhh-Halliburton-chooo"!

    1. Dean Edgington

      power in the form of oil, strategically placed military bases, posturing and flexing military some other fukced up stuff.

    2. Frans van der Westhuizen

      OIL thats it.

  5. batvette

    "No WMD found in Iraq"... LOL. Actually....

    1) A clandestine network of laboratories and safe houses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.

    2) A prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of BW agents, that Iraqi officials working to prepare for UN inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the UN.

    3)Reference strains of biological organisms concealed in a scientist’s home, one of which can be used to produce biological weapons.
    4) New research on BW-applicable agents, Brucella and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin were not declared to the UN.
    5) Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists’ homes, that would have been useful in resuming uranium enrichment by centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS).
    6) A line of UAVs not fully declared at an undeclared production facility and an admission that they had tested one of their declared UAVs out to a range of 500 km, 350 km beyond the permissible limit.
    7) Continuing covert capability to manufacture fuel propellant useful only for prohibited SCUD variant missiles, a capability that was maintained at least until the end of 2001 and that cooperating Iraqi scientists have said they were told to conceal from the UN.
    8) Plans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1000 km – well beyond the 150 km range limit imposed by the UN. Missiles of a 1000 km range would have allowed Iraq to threaten targets throughout the Middle East, including Ankara, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi.
    9) Clandestine attempts between late-1999 and 2002 to obtain from North Korea technology related to 1,300 km range ballistic missiles –probably the No Dong — 300 km range anti-ship cruise missiles, and other prohibited military equipment.

    Of course that's not "stockpiles".
    They are in Syria and Russia.

    US the bad guys, gimme a break. Put a sock in it or we'll bomb you.

    1. Dean Edgington

      Yes the US is bad, as bad (and as good) as the rest? That's the discussion to have.

    2. batvette

      Staying within the scope of this documentary, which seems to place great importance on the number of "civilian deaths" I think we can unequivocally say we're good. We fight according to Geneva Convention rules. That means in an identifiable uniform, not in civilian clothes using the civilian population for cover and placing them at great risk.
      Soldiers returning from combat duty in Iraq spoke of seeing men firing automatic weapons at them with a baby in front of them so they couldn't fire back.
      On a side note I wonder how they were even able to determine how those not in the 66,000 were "other than" civilian. The Iraqi Army shed their uniforms just days into the initial invasion. All the insurgents wear traditional clothing from the region. Who's to say who is a civilian or not when someone walks into a market with a bomb on them?
      If we widen the discussion to include torture/abuse, I think you have to consider people over there respond to a form of communication they are familiar with and I believe that's what was going on in most of those scenarios.

    3. Terez27

      The Iraqi Army didn't shed their uniforms until we disbanded them.

    4. Tony Le Blanc

      Fight by the rules? The initial invasion was illegal FGS! Have a look over the Nuremburg trials definition of war crimes, you'll see much that you can relate to what's happening in Iraq

    5. temochin

      and the towers?

    6. RobGR

      What about the towers? You mean 9/11? 15 of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia, not one was Iraqi or Afghan and all ties with Al Qaeda have been proven to be false. Bin Laden is a Saudi to.

      So, answer me this, why did we recently sell the Saudis $20 billion in weapons and military technology when it is obvious they are our enemies. Oh, and why didn't we invade them......

  6. Itolduso

    Everything changes and yet remains the same. Man's inhumanity to man must be inherent to mankind.
    A universal truth is that most people want a happy, secure and peaceful life. The forces of nationalism and religion that are supported by those same people work against their desires. Government and religion are institutions of manipulation and can be no less if they are to continue to exist.
    Without the efforts of Wikileaks it would not have been possible to document the facts of this documentary. Thanks

    I thought I would preview the posts to get insight before I watched the .doc.
    Tsk, Tsk, Tsk! Chidren~ play nice!!!

    1. Dean Edgington

      Man's inhumanity inherent? Well, we are ape based, what could you expect? if we were girl guides based maybe we'd be all nice and sweet.

    2. Jane Doe


      past your bedtime


    Americas answer to this and other documentaries about the war in Iraq is : NO COMMENT !

    1. lakhotason

      Why comment when you have everything already figured out - as if you posses all knowledge. Who are you and what qualifications do you have?


      Qualifications ? I am so sorry did I perpetrated a conversation of only qualified minds ? Was Archimedes qualified or may be Homer ? Who are you to question my knowledge and will ? And what makes you think I haven't figured out my own reality ,may be I am smarter than you ,may be I am as cunning as a Fox ,may be I speak big words just to get your attention ? And it worked ! We humans think we have it all figured out with our atomic bombs and triple striped tooth paste. Do I posses all knowledge ? I was born this way damn it is such a burden .;)

    3. lakhotason

      Or you may just have a big mouth.


      you say that like its a bad thing ,do i sense a grunt ? yeah my detector has tested positive !

  8. KsDevil

    This is why citizens in th mideast need to expand their knowledge beyond their daily lives. By understanding other cultures, they will be better able to deal with those foreign cultures. Once they understand the mind of the American politician and military, they can see how their own leaders can become corrupted and how important it is to protect those who resist corruption. The worst thing they can do is accept the situation.

  9. Michael

    torture... bad... documentary... bad

  10. john Palermo

    100% American and 100% "Fed"-up. I have been and am disgusted with my government and the weak sheepole making up the majority of my countrymen.

  11. Bryon Franzen

    no wonder why the iraq police are being slaughtered by back is a bitch.

  12. BeardHero420

    When you see the white man coming - run to the hills.

  13. robertallen1

    What are we doing there?

  14. Brandon Costa

    Everyone state what country you're in, want to picture this argument with the accents.

    1. steamknife

      I'm an Australian-Taiwanese. Hint: I am culturally embedded by the two cultures. Try to picture that.

  15. Tarquin Mahoney

    Its more of a massacre than war really, needs to be renamed with those sort of figures.

  16. kist

    How long are we going to be fooled by the Politicians?

    1. Imightberiding

      Were you honestly ever really fooled? Unless you are extremely young & naive (if you are, you are forgiven but please read, research & become aware so as to enlighten & assist your fellow young contemporaries to understand the facts of life) you surely must know that lying & deception are the primary prerequisites of a politician's CV. In fact their entire raison d'etre.

      No offense intended by my comment. Just honestly surprised that anyone in this age of information sharing would feel that politicians are somehow representing themselves in a manner that would fool any one.

  17. dmxi

    pandora's box is open & no change in sight !

  18. dewflirt

    Rehashing old news, was hoping for more. Oh well, at least I got to see Saint Julian Ass :/

    1. Tarquin Mahoney

      Is he related to Huge Assman?
      you know? the one who played wolverine?

  19. Lisa Hijar

    These clips make me mad because you know all of these people are LIARS at the highest levels!

  20. drinker69

    Short version. US invades Iraq, bombs the bejesus out of the place. WMD's found in Hans Blix's a**hole. Hundreds of thousands die. Country is more unstable than before. Mission accomplished.

  21. Guest

    Take that Brian Dunning!

  22. rollandmiller

    And we are supposed to be the good guys.

    Shameful! Disgusting! Criminal!

    1. Tarquin Mahoney

      Gandhi was once asked "what do you think of western civilisation?"
      he replied "Well I think It would be a good idea"
      good guys lol, are you on crack? or just television?
      where do you live? in a cowboy movie?
      the good guys ? sheeet you part of the evil empire bro- you know like starwars?
      At least revel in the blood of those you crush and steal lands from- dont pretend your doing it from some moral standpoint, oh you thought you were- sorry- your blissul ignorance is what i shameful disgusting and criminal.
      you ever seen the sketch with Nazi officers?
      "erm Hans?"
      "You know these skulls on our hats?"
      "Yes, what about them?"
      "well..does it...does it mean that WE are the bad guys?"

    2. wald0

      Rollandmiller was quite obviousely pointing out the ridiculous fallacy of labeling the U.S. "the good guys" after all we have done. Yet somehow you felt justified in your personal insults toward him as some kind of crack head with a cowboy mentality. Ever heard of the word sarcasm? Better yet, ever heard of simple civility? If your intent is to educate and inform others so that they might come around to your way of thinking, do you really think opening the dialogue by insuting them is wise?

    3. abakusss

      See the French documentary "Al-Qaeda Confidential" released in 2012 by Paul Jenkins and Georges Malbrunot. Interviews Abu Jandal (AKA as Father Of death) who was Bin Laden's bodyguard in Afghanistan 1996 - 1999 and who gave military training in Afghanistan in 1999 to Ziad Jarrah pilot of a 9/11 plane and to Mohamed Atta, pilot of the first 9/11 plane. Shows them all on Al-Qada videos and full account by FBI agent Ali Sufan who was assigned to investigate the whole 9/11 picture. Abu Jandal now under city arrest in Yemen and probably has yielded more info on Al-Qada and 9/11 than is revealed in the doco. The doco has video of Abu jandal with Bin laden in Afghanistan camp.
      This doco gives the total picture on 9/11 and proves all connected to Bin laden and Al-Qaeda. In 1996 to 1999 FBI had Bin laden under surveillance in Afghanistan and unfortunately did not take him out due to fear of backlash from collateral damage. A big mistake during Bill Clinton presidency. Clinton would not permit the strike due to presence of their families in the camp. A very big blunder.

    4. rollandmiller

      You are either working for Bush Group, or brainwashed. That is the story you are supposed to believe.

      Step back look at the evidence. Bin Laden may have had it in his head, but it is the Bush Group who made it happen. The 3 Towers one not hit, all came down in cortolled demolition. The World was Lied to. As I watched it happen I said this smells to me. Some of us question what we read and see.

    5. abakusss

      I am Australian and impartial. That documentary was valid and authenticated. See it and then post with some sense. Watch that video as a sound good start.

      I am also a senior structural engineer and knew as the Al Qaeda engineers also knew that the two tall trade centre towers had steel framed lattice cores (central Lift and stair wells) covered with fire rated material (Not concrete) but when plane with full fuel load crashed thru the building the core was severed, fire protection was damaged and with the heat the steelwork buckled and weight of upper floors dropped onto lower floors at that level causing progressive floor collapse from the top due to progressive overload of the heat weakened steel.

      The facade was fire coated steel column lattice as well (not reinforced concrete columns) and easily penetrated by the plane. This type of construction with the latticed core has much less post disaster collapse strength than reinforced concrete, especially with this explosion and intense heat generated.

      This collapse would not have been so severe if the perimeter columns and the cores were reinforced concrete which is much more robust against impact and more heat resistant than steel.

      If the cores and facade columns were concrete Al Qaeda would not have done that probably. Bin laden was reported as being surprised that the two towers did in fact collapse. Watch the video. Tells it all.

      The lattice core and lattice facade design was the subject of much debate in the Architectural and Engineering community in the USA during its design and construction with respect to questions about its post disaster strength and post disaster collapse behaviour.

      Recently a massive gas explosion occurred in a multi storey building in South America. The building did not collapse, probably because the cores and columns were reinforced concrete. I assume that it was not sabotage.

      The collapse of building 7, probably due to the Eartquake intensity vibrations generated in the ground by the big building collapses is the only collapse subject to any questions in the opinion of engineers who have such knowledge.

      From your judgement you are also probably a member of the pro gun lobby. Stay in USA.

      The above gives you the informed info you need to understand what happened and why.