Al Jumhuriyah al `Iraqiyah

Iraq Bikers club

Hello from Baghdad  
I lived and worked in Baghdad from September to December, 2003. While there, I sent email updates back to friends and family to give them some perspective on the war in Iraq from an insider perspective. I've compiled the emails, pictures, and places here for posterity.
Nature Iraq was created to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage
Persian Leopard Conservation in Kurdistan
Hana Raza Conservation of Persian leopard
Story Map Terrorist Attacks
Inside Isis Inc: The journey of a barrel of oil
by Financial Times


L'administration Bush lança en 2003 l'opération "Iraqi Freedom" pour motif que Saddam Hussein détenait des stocks d'armes de destruction massive.

Joseph C. Wilson, ancien diplomate et proche de la C.I.A. s'est vu confier en 2002, l’enquête sur l’uranium nigérien qui aurait servi Saddam
Hussein pour développer son programme nucléaire. Son rapport n'avait rien révélé ! Depuis, l’Irak a reconstitué son arsenal d’armes nucléaires et de production d’agents chimiques.

Durant la guerre en Irak, les Etats-Unis feront face à deux types de résistance; d'une part, des partisans d'al-Qaida menant des opérations de résistance dans les régions de Fallujah et Ramadi, bastions sunnites conservateurs situé à l'Ouest de la capitale et d'autre part, des ex-membres du régime de Saddam Hussein qui concentrèrent leurs attaques dans les régions de Tikrit, Samarra et Bagdad. 
Depuis, l'Irak est confronté à un "mal" bien plus redoutable : l'Etat Islamique (E.I.).

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
, by Vincent Bugliosi
In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder Vincent Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Vincent Bugliosi calls for the United States of America to return to the great nation it once was and can be again. He believes the first step to achieving this goal is to bring those responsible for the war in Iraq to justice.

Abuse of Iraqi Pows Gis Probed, CBS news, April 30, 2004
Saddam Interviews, CBS News
Baghdad Burning, Blog by Riverbend, UK literary price "Samuel Johnson Prize-BBC Four"

  Text of the Draft Iraqi Constitution (Translated by The Associated Press), Source : BBC 

Iraqi Government (arab)
KDP  Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iraq (en)
Ayatollah Al Sistani 
Official web site (arab/fr/en/persan/ourdou)
Just Another Soldier by Jason Hartley's stories from Iraq (en)
Bellingcat by and for citizen investigative journalists (en/rus)
Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques

Letters from Abbottabad from Combating Terrorism Center

This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by several leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin. In contrast to his public statements that focused on the injustice of those he believed to be the “enemies” of Muslims, namely corrupt “apostate” Muslim rulers and their Western “overseers,” the focus of Bin Ladin’s private letters is Muslims’ suffering at the hands of his jihadi “brothers”. He is at pain advising them to abort domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties and focus on the United States, “our desired goal.” Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents. “Letters from Abbottabad” is an initial exploration and contextualization of 17 documents that will be the grist for future academic debate and discussion.

US National Security Archive Intelligence Reports

  Iraq's Legacy of Terror: MASS GRAVES, January 2004 

  Putting Noncombatants at Risk: Saddam's Use of "Human Shields", January 2003 

  Saddam Hussein's Iraq, September 1999 

  Prospects for Iraq: Saddam and Beyond, December 1993 

  Humanitarian Situation in the Marshes, August 20, 1993 

  Saddam Hussein: Likely to Hang On, June 1992 

  Saddam Husayn's Prospects for Survival Over the Next Year, September 1991 

  Implications for Insurrection and Prospects for Saddam's Survival, March 1991

  Iraq: Domestic Impact of the War, January 25, 1991

  Political and Personality Handbook of Iraq, January 1991 

  Iraq: Foreign Intelligence and Security Services, August 1985 

Environment in Iraq: UNEP Progress Report, October 2003, UNEP Geneva

  Desk Study on the Environment in Iraq, 24 April 2003, UNEP Geneva

  Iraq and Peace in the World (Full Report), November 2003, EOS Gallup Europe

  The Memo of Dr. David Kelly, source: The Guardian

  The Statut of Nuclear inspections in Iraq, Meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Mohamed ElBaradei Director General, New York, 7 March 2003, source: Le Monde Diplomatique


  Rapport Deux meurtres pour un mensonge, enquête réalisée par le journaliste Jean-Paul Mari, avec la collaboration du journal hebdomadaire "Le Nouvel Observateur", source : RSF

  The Former Iraqi Government On Trial, A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper, October 16, 2005

  Likely humanitarian scenarios, Strictly Confidential, 10 December 2002, Casi Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq 


La théorie de la guerre juste face au terrorisme et à la lutte antiterroriste, Charles Benjamin, Centre d’études des politiques étrangères et de sécurité, Université du Québec à Montréal, décembre 2007

  Infrastructures sensibles culturelles et terrorisme, Jean-Luc Marret, Chargé de recherche, Washington DC, 30 octobre 2007

  The Baby or the Bathwater ? Terrorism, Responses and the Role of the Courts, by Robert McDougall, September 2007

  Volume I  The Report of the Committee

  Volume II  Report of Investigation: Programme Background

  Volume III  Report of Investigation: United Nations Administration, Part I

  Volume IV  Report of Investigation: United Nations Administration, Part II 

ICT Research institute and think tank
dedicated to developing innovative public policy solutions to international terrorism, Israel
The Soufan Group provides strategic security intelligence services to governments and multinational organizations (en)
Iraq, what next? January 2003. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace CEIP

  The Economic Consequences of a War with Iraq by William D. Nordhaus, Yale University, October 29, 2002, Revised report

  Report of the Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Dr David Kelly C.M.G. by Lord Hutton 28.01.04


Reported civilian deaths resulting from the US-led military intervention in Iraq, source: Iraq Body count
Iraq's weapons: Claims and evaluations of Iraq's proscribed weapons
Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., USA Think Thank

  CRS Report of Congress: Iraq and Al Qaeda, 07 December 2007

  Army Criminal Investigators Outline 27 Confirmed or Suspected Detainee Homicides for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, 25 March 2005, source: Global Security

  Treatment of "Battlefield Detainees" in the War on Terrorism, Updated January 13, 2005, Jennifer Elsea-Legislative Attorney, American Law Division, CRS Report for Congress

  SEPTEMBER 11, Recent Estimates of Fiscal Impact of 2001, Terrorist Attack on New York, March 2005, source: GAO Government Accountability Office

  Economy, Iraq Weighing Down Bush Popularity, 19 May 2005

  Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 6 June 2003, FAS International Atomic Energy Agency PDF version

  National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, 14 February 14 2003, National Security Council, Federation of American Scientists FAS

  War with Iraq: "Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives", by Amacad American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  Country Reports on Terrorism 2004, US Department of State, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism

  Iraq War? Current Situation and Issues for Congress, 26 February 2003. Report for Congress

  Iraq: Potential U.S. Military Operations, 13 January 2003. Report for Congress

  The Economic Consequences of a War with Iraq, William D. Nordhaus, Yale University, 29 October 2002 Revised

  Guiding Principles for U.S. Post-Conflict Policy in Iraq, Report of an Independent Working Group Cosponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University

  Secret agreement on criminal matters, Statewatch analysis no 12, Agust 2002


Dr. Condoleezza Rice's Opening Remarks to Commission on Terrorist Attacks, 8 April 2004

  Iraq Country Handbook, This handbook provides basic reference information on Iraq

  National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States

The Osama Bin Laden File, Source: National Security Archive
Iraq-US Force Order of Battle by Global Security - July 2003
TRAC - Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium : Takfir wal-Hijra-Terrorist Groups
No Fly list  Terrorist Security Administration

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