Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wikileaks Iraq War Diaries

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.
See Wikileaks.


Orapeleng said...

As so many people were losing their lives,where was and what was the responsiblity of the United Nations Security Council?

Now,currently,who must be arrested by ICC,as it has recently accused African leaders of Genocide.Or maybe genocide can only be caused by African leaders.

I personally support the stance of South African Government calling for reform in United Nations' organs such as United Nation Security Council.

desert demons said...

I am so glad that wikiLeaks happened , the US was happy to pretend that the torture cases which leaked from both Abu-Ghraib and Baghram were isolated events carried out by 'rotten apples' even though it was obvious that such torture could only take place with the consent of those higher up. I guess their chickens are coming home to roost -FINALLY

Ridwan said...

Thanks Orapaleng. I have been at a two day conference at DIRCO where these matters you raise were discussed.

Monday was also United Nations Day and there was speeches about SA non-permanent role in the Security Council.

Trust you are well brother.


Ridwan said...

I absolutely agree with you desert demons!

The chickens and more have come home to roost.

Sorry for the late reply here. I am getting ready to go into the field (Kenya) for three plus weeks and I and time has been catching up with me.

Peace to you.