WikiLeaks Releases Iraq War Logs Which Detail Over 100,000 Deaths, Show US Ignored Torture, Expose Routine Friendly Fire

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Wikileaks has lifted the embargo on what it dubs the biggest leak of American documents in history. The Guardian, which is the primary nexus of data collection, notes that almost "400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the
Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the
whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US
army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have
leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters
and civilian killings in the Afghan war." The reports will likely do little to raise the US' standing in the eyes of the international community: "The numerous reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical
evidence, describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or
ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric
shocks. Six reports end with a detainee's apparent death."Additionally, the reports detail how friendly fire from US troops became routine: Americans have shot at their own troops or allies so often that in at least one case a strafed British vehicle didn't even stop. Since this will apparnetly now be the main story this weekend, might as well get a head start.

The new logs detail how:

  • US authorities failed to investigate
    hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi
    police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally
    unpunished.
  • A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious
    Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried
    to surrender.
  • More than 15,000 civilians died in previously
    unknown incidents. US and UK officials have insisted that no official
    record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081
    non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.

More from the Guardian:

As recently as December the Americans were passed a video apparently showing Iraqi army officers executing a prisoner
in Tal Afar, northern Iraq. The log states: "The footage shows
approximately 12 Iraqi army soldiers. Ten IA soldiers were talking to
one another while two soldiers held the detainee. The detainee had his
hands bound … The footage shows the IA soldiers moving the detainee into
the street, pushing him to the ground, punching him and shooting him."

The
report named at least one perpetrator and was passed to coalition
forces. But the logs reveal that the coalition has a formal policy of
ignoring such allegations. They record "no investigation is necessary"
and simply pass reports to the same Iraqi units implicated in the
violence. By contrast all allegations involving coalition forces are
subject to formal inquiries. Some cases of alleged abuse by UK and US
troops are also detailed in the logs.

In two Iraqi cases postmortems revealed evidence of death by torture. On 27 August 2009 a US medical officer found "bruises and burns as well as visible injuries to the head, arm, torso, legs and neck"
on the body of one man claimed by police to have killed himself. On 3
December 2008 another detainee, said by police to have died of "bad
kidneys", was found to have "evidence of some type of unknown surgical procedure on [his] abdomen".

A
Pentagon spokesman told the New York Times this week that under its
procedure, when reports of Iraqi abuse were received the US military
"notifies the responsible government of Iraq agency or ministry for
investigation and follow-up".

The logs also illustrate the readiness of US forces to unleash lethal force. In one chilling incident they detail how an Apache helicopter gunship gunned down two men in February 2007.

The
suspected insurgents had been trying to surrender but a lawyer back at
base told the pilots: "You cannot surrender to an aircraft." The Apache,
callsign Crazyhorse 18, was the same unit and helicopter based at Camp
Taji outside Baghdad that later that year, in July, mistakenly killed
two Reuters employees and wounded two children in the streets of
Baghdad.

Iraq Body Count, the London-based group that monitors
civilian casualties, says it has identified around 15,000 previously
unknown civilian deaths from the data contained in the leaked war logs.

Although
US generals have claimed their army does not carry out body counts and
British ministers still say no official statistics exist, the war logs
show these claims are untrue. The field reports purport to identify all
civilian and insurgent casualties, as well as numbers of coalition
forces wounded and killed in action. They give a total of more than
109,000 violent deaths from all causes between 2004 and the end of 2009.

This
includes 66,081 civilians, 23,984 people classed as "enemy" and 15,196
members of the Iraqi security forces. Another 3,771 dead US and allied
soldiers complete the body count.

No fewer than 31,780 of these
deaths are attributed to improvised roadside bombs (IEDs) planted by
insurgents. The other major recorded tally is of 34,814 victims of
sectarian killings, recorded as murders in the logs.

However, the
US figures appear to be unreliable in respect of civilian deaths caused
by their own military activities. For example, in Falluja, the site of
two major urban battles in 2004, no civilian deaths are recorded. Yet
Iraq Body Count monitors identified more than 1,200 civilians who died
during the fighting.

Legal action is already being prepared:

Phil Shiner, human rights specialist at Public Interest Lawyers, plans to use material from the logs in court to try to force the UK to hold a public inquiry into the unlawful killing of Iraqi civilians.

He also plans to sue the British government over its failure to stop the abuse and torture of detainees by Iraqi forces. The coalition's formal policy of not investigating such allegations is "simply not permissible", he says.

Shiner is already pursuing a series of legal actions for former detainees allegedly killed or tortured by British forces in Iraq.

As before, all the docs will be made available online:

WikiLeaks says it is posting online the entire set of 400,000 Iraq field reports – in defiance of the Pentagon.

The whistleblowing activists say they have deleted all names from the documents that might result in reprisals. They were accused by the US military of possibly having "blood on their hands" over the previous Afghan release by redacting too few names. But the military recently conceded that no harm had been identified.

Condemning this fresh leak, however, the Pentagon said: "This security breach could very well get our troops and those they are fighting with killed. Our enemies will mine this information looking for insights into how we operate, cultivate sources and react in combat situations, even the capability of our equipment."

There are many other stories emanating from the main portal, among which:

  1. The introduction- The leaking of more than 390,000 previously secret US military reports details the hidden realities of the war in Iraq (link)
  2. A look at Frago 242 - Secret order that let US ignore abuse;
    Mistreatment of helpless prisoners by Iraqi security forces included
    beatings, burning, electrocution and rape (link)
  3. Iraq war logs: How friendly fire from US troops became routine: Americans have shot at their own troops or allies so often that in at least one case a strafed British vehicle didn't even stop (link)
  4. Apache crew killed insurgents who tried to surrender: US military legal adviser told helicopter crew that Iraqi men were valid targets as they could not surrender to aircraft (link)
  5. Iraq war logs reveal civilian body count of invasion is much higher (link)
  6. Civilians gunned down at checkpoints (link)
  7. Iran accused of plotting attack on Green Zone: Audacious strike in Baghdad among allegations against Tehran of everything from gun running to training insurgents (link)
  8. US fails to answer for deaths of journalists: Highest toll among Iraqi reporters caught in crossfire, mistaken for insurgents or murdered by countrymen in sectarian violence (link)
  9. Killings in the wake of Saddam's hanging: Brothers named after him were lynched along with their mother – while gallows mocking of dictator led to revenge bombing (link)
  10. Iraq war logs: US spy balloons blew towards Iran: Hi-tech JLens blimps with secret technology used to detect cruise missiles may have dropped into Tehran's lap (link)

A tabular summary of all the Associated Iraqi deaths is presented below:

The link also denotes the method of death on both sides.

The Guardian has also released a map of the deaths (which for now apparently is not working)

For those pressed for time, the below clip summarizes most of the key findings:

Sure enough, the Pentagon has immediately responded (via the New York Times):

“We deplore WikiLeaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak
classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information
with the world, including our enemies. We know terrorist organizations
have been mining the leaked Afghan documents for information to use
against us, and this Iraq leak is more than four times as large. By
disclosing such sensitive information, WikiLeaks continues to put at
risk the lives of our troops, their coalition partners and those Iraqis
and Afghans working with us. The only responsible course of action for
WikiLeaks at this point is to return the stolen material and expunge it
from their Web sites as soon as possible.

“We strongly condemn the unauthorized disclosure of classified
information and will not comment on these leaked documents other than to
note that ‘significant activities’ reports are initial, raw
observations by tactical units. They are essentially snapshots of
events, both tragic and mundane, and do not tell the whole story. That
said, the period covered by these reports has been well chronicled in
news stories, books and films, and the release of these field reports
does not bring new understanding to Iraq’s past.

“However, it does expose secret information that could make our troops
even more vulnerable to attack in the future. Just as with the leaked
Afghan documents, we know our enemies will mine this information,
looking for insights into how we operate, cultivate sources and react in
combat situations, even the capability of our equipment. This security
breach could very well get our troops and those they are fighting with
killed.”

Also, remember, the banks are not allowed to reveal anything about their own criminal ways because otherwise the world will end. Ah, the parallels.

And conveniently enough, here is an interview on the very topic between Dylan Ratigan and Pentagon Papers creator Daniel Ellsberg :


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whatsinaname's picture

Tell us something new Julian..

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

No, more likely Assange is a Intelligence agency asset,  who will leak certain stuff, but really he is there to be a central collection point for all would-be whistleblowers, and so he can keep the REALLY volatile stuff out of the public eye.  You know, stuff about underground bunkers, the destruction of the dollar, one world currency,  that kind of stuff.

Woe to the whistleblower who trusts Julian Assange, IMO.  He won't sell you out, he will just sit on the information and tell you they are waiting for the right time to release it.

http://psychonews.site90.net

Remember, he was a hacker IN JAIL who got let out early for cutting a deal, I mean, for good behavior.

 

 

 

MarketTruth's picture

<s>But the US government said they hated the USA because of their FreeDumbs? Wow, what a game changer, colour me suprised!</s>

BobWatNorCal's picture

Cool, now print some stuff about China, Russia, Iran, Syria, France, Mexico, ... so we can compare and contrast.

LowProfile's picture

Not that it would excuse anything, but I agree.

Out with it.  All of it.

BobWatNorCal's picture

Sorry about that. Won't be forthcoming.
Not on the agenda.
Ya know?

Village Idiot's picture

"Out with it.  All of it."

 

We call for it every day.  The proverbial head is over the proverbial toilet. Just go ahead and put a finger down the global throat, and puke already.  Now, that would be a sight to see.

66Sexy's picture

The Federal Reserve Charter expires 12/21/2012. In europe, that date is expressed 21.12.12.

What is Mathew 21:12?

"And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."

coincidence, im sure.

 

you have about 2 years to spend those dollars. the dollar will cease to exist, the fed charter will not be renewed. ironic that it correllates to the bible verse where jesus kicks the moneychangers out of the temple.

 

this could be by design.

Tense INDIAN's picture

wow ...this is new to me...nice one

old john's picture

Train people to kill and they will kill.

MeTarzanUjane's picture

"fed charter will not be renewed"

Now that is the funniest thing I've seen on ZH yet. Good for a hearty laugh, ty.

Please sing along:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu9AyX963E8

66Sexy's picture

so you must think the dollar will remain the worlds reserve currency. you must think the dollar will survive the actions of the corrupt and banker-infiltrated political process we are seeing now...

now, THAT is the funniest thing I've seen on ZH yet. Good for a hearty laugh, ty.

have a nice sleep. night night.

66Sexy's picture

fairly obvious this is government approved. the pentagon is not this helpless... is it?

wouldnt they attack the site so it couldnt expose the information... if it wanted too?

or does this tie in to the "kill switch"; they will try to make it look like they are doing damage control or it "puts the troops in harms way", so they can kill internet freedoms and the first amendment when they want too.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Cool, now print some stuff about China, Russia, Iran, Syria, France, Mexico, ... so we can compare and contrast...Not that it would excuse anything, but I agree...Out with it.  All of it...Sorry about that. Won't be forthcoming.Not on the agenda. Ya know?

 

 

Wikileaks has been publishing that info for years.

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Category:Countries

Screwtape Letters's picture

Wikileaks will print it just as soon as someone is willing to part with the information.  It's a site for whistleblowers (god bless it), not a news organization.

Plus, I don't mind if the military's dirty laundry gets aired.  Wikileaks will deserve some credit when we finally put an end to torturing people, so they get a thumbs up in my book.

The big question I have is, where are all the whistleblowers in the financial industry who can provide documentation of Wall Street's crimes.  I started a zerohedge forum topic on just this issue: http://www.zerohedge.com/forum/challenge-all-reformed-or-not-banksters-who-read-zh

I think we all realize now that it is the public that is going to have to bring the banksters to justice.  The administration, the regulators, and congress have all been bought off and will only act if there is no other choice.

Mercury's picture

Yeah, either that or they have an agenda and they could care less about outing Castro, China, Iran, Chavez etc.

Speaking truth to power ...of course... why would you ever think otherwise? - I'm sure they're just waiting for the slightest chink in the armor, the smallest window of insight to go public with like revelations in places like this.

jeff montanye's picture

you meant to say "couldn't care less".  and how could you not have mentioned the palestinians?  i feel cheated.

Citxmech's picture

This debate reminds me of "Never go against a Sicilian" routine from "The Princess Bride":

Man in Black: All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right... and who is dead. 
Vizzini: But it's so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy's? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me...."

Good God - If Wikileaks is Psiops or Cointel - it's going to have some legit info and some bs info...  If its a legitimate site - it's going to have some legit info and some bs info...  This is where one uses judgment.

Regardless of the greater purpose of the website - there is some pretty damning stuff on there that can be taken at face value [ie Apache helicopters shooting folks rendering aid]

Chartist's picture

First, as you know, two wrongs don't make a right.

But second, I lost a nephew in that war and would like to think it was for a worthy cause, not this BS.

CH1's picture

Quite so. I want the docs on Russia, China, and all the others too. If not, this becomes just another stilted, mostly political, America-bash fest.

AnAnonymous's picture

Quite so. I want the docs on Russia, China, and all the others too. If not, this becomes just another stilted, mostly political, America-bash fest.

 

 

Translation from US duplicity mode: Quite so. I want to believe there is no docs on Russia, China, and all the others too. As I believe there is not, I also believe it is another stilted, mostly, America Bash fest.

And of course, I am a big fan on responsibility. Others performing an action should not dilute my own responsibility in performing the said action.

Etc...

Maybe, would be easier to admit that you approve of what is going on down there.

John Self's picture

I approve of what is going down there. 

That wasn't so hard.

No More Bubbles's picture

That your post got so heavily "junked" would indicate you are actually onto something.

People just don't want to believe it........

We are all totally beyond FUCKED!

MeTarzanUjane's picture

Agreed. Tyler should override that and reset it to zero, not junk.

Wikileaks should have a junk feature. But maybe that is the Porpoise of the document flood. Just as an attorney in discovery phase is visited by 20 tractor trailers full of "evidence", box after box of junk. A needle in infinite haystacks.

No, more likely Assange is a Intelligence agency asset, who will leak certain stuff, but really he is there to be a central collection point for all would-be whistleblowers, and so he can keep the REALLY volatile stuff out of the public eye. You know, stuff about underground bunkers, the destruction of the dollar, one world currency, that kind of stuff.

Woe to the whistleblower who trusts Julian Assange, IMO. He won't sell you out, he will just sit on the information and tell you they are waiting for the right time to release it.

http://psychonews.site90.net

Remember, he was a hacker IN JAIL who got let out early for cutting a deal, I mean, for good behavior.

CH1's picture

Yep, and so long as we all believe in this insane idea that one group of people is supposed to rule everyone else, we remain fucked.

chet's picture

"A little bit of rape and torcher [sic] going around"

You sound like quite the guy, Spitz.

Arkadaba's picture

Yes makes me embarrassed for my country - luckily he is in the minority and is living in northern Alberta.

I do want to look into the phenomena at some point though. The majority of Canadians who write on US financial blogs tend to represent the most extreme Canadian political views. Not sure why. 

Dionysus's picture

Take heart -- we moderate Canadians are here too.  Perhaps we just tend to lurk more.

Spitzer's picture

Look at your avatar.. which gay bar did you stumble out of ? Celebrites on Granville ?

Arkadaba's picture

Hell your avatar is fashioned after Eliot Spitzer! When I first saw that I thought you were being facetious but now thinking ... maybe not.

I actually like Spitzer but Wall street does not. They think he is a douche. When he was charged with the prostitute thing you could hear cheers (literally)  throughout the financial district.

Spitzer's picture

Free sex is the most expensive sex you will ever get.

pan-the-ist's picture

Wouldn't it be cool if he really was spitzer? Soooo cool.

ColonelCooper's picture

Agreed.  I see no reason to think he is anyone but. 

Arkadaba's picture

Not much luck with ladies? Why am I not surprised.

Spitzer's picture

if that is why you think men go to escorts then you dont know what you are missing.

Its the guys that need the approval that dont go to escorts

jeff montanye's picture

it is the approval/change from unwilling to willing/actual hesitancy to reveal that is the real charge.  the actual sex is a bit anti-climactic.  but then again it may be like that some like sweet and some like tart. 

Lower Class Elite's picture

Well, you sure know your gay bars, don't you Spitter?

Spitzer's picture

have you ever sent 150,000 men to war with a gun in one hand and a pocket pussy in the other ? Get real, shit happens man.

midtowng's picture

Some people on ZH define the word "compassion" as "weakness".

CH1's picture

For me it's the same as hearing the word "social" - I immediately grab my wallet.

Al Gorerhythm's picture

You are just as much a Nazi as a "Turn A Blind Eye" villager, who lived and worked near the death camps of WW2 in Nazi Germany. They're only rabble-rousing towel heads, right?

Spitzer, you are walking neon sign that spells; SICK CUNT. May you and your ilk rot from the balls up.

Spitzer's picture

I don't think people understand my point. This is war, did you need wikigeeks to tell you that there is some bad shit going on there ?

Get real, of course there is and it should surprise none of us.

traderjoe's picture

Is it a war or a police action? Are we conquering or attempting to establish a 'democracy'? Did the citizens we are killing actually do anything to us? 

I believe those questions are relevant. If we are there in an attempt to help form some kind of democracy, then the tactics we use to accomplish this can influence the success of our mission. 

I agree that war is hell, but that does not, nor should it, diminish our responsibility to win that war with honor and an attempt to set a higher (but realistic) standard. 

Saying none of this should surprise anyone is far too apologetic to the atrocities committed...

Spitzer's picture

The Americans are winning the war with honor and that is my problem with wikileaks. Nobody is perfect.

 

Oh regional Indian's picture

"Winning the war with honor"

Seriously? Boy, you sure have an interesting definition of honor.

You are truly conditioned Spitz, but of course, I remember all my interactions with folks like you during my time in the US. It never ended well because most often, they just started foaming at the mouth and telling me to "go Home". Of course most of them were maximum a couple of generations old in the US themselves, so the  kool-aid was still tasty.

Omnihumanity (Cliff High Phrase, I like), collectively is under influencs well beyond their control, fortunately or unfortunately.

If you want to understand why we are so war-minded, look no further than around you. Planet been acting up lately? Mega Storms, Mega disasters, Mega Quakes.... everything bad happening to a "never-before" degree. Mega financial crisis. Hmmmmmm...... let us see...

If your house was on fire, would you be able to sit and sip a wine in your living room and be kind andloving all around? Probably not, you'd be a panicked fool, running around trying to douse the flames, save your things, your family, whatever.

Well, the earth is on fire.

How can we, it's residents be comfortable? Even if my house is not burning yet, I can see a trend. Most people can sense it.

People sicker than ever before? Check. More crime globally? Check. Species disappearing? Check. Identities in crises? Check. Society disintegrating? Check.

It's just that time folks and the pressure is peaking (or is it Bejing???).

The system will give and we are all going to feel th epain. To doubt that is to deny reality.

But still, in the midst of all this, it's possible to be kind, generous.

I'm glad Spitzy here is neither friend nor family.

Good luck to you Spitzy, you are going to need it.

ORI

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com

 

 

Spitzer's picture

Don't agree

How would you have liked to live through the great depression, fight in WW1 and then send your kids or grand kids to fight in WW2 ? That was hell.

This nation building experiment that the US is doing is not as bad as you think. The saddest part is that the US is broke. The US is doing a noble thing. They could have easily turned Iraq and Afstan into a parking lot.

Wait till China is the world superpower and a couple of their buildings get leveled by muslim terrorists. The Chinese WILL turn the middle east into a parking lot, and then wikifags et al will be begging for George Bush back.

I am actually looking forward to China being the superpower, then maybe I can board an international flight without taking my shoes off because the whole middle east will be known as lake China.