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Iraq: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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To assist the 111th Congress, we have enclosed a series of issue papers for consideration in developing congressional oversight agendas and determining the way forward in securing and stabilizing Iraq. These papers are based on the continuing work of the U.S. Government Accountability Office GAO and the more than 130 Iraq-related products we have issued since May 2003. Since fiscal year 2001, Congress has provided about 808 billion to the Department of Defense DOD for military efforts primarily in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The majority of this amount has been for military operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Moreover, since fiscal year 2003, about 49 billion has been provided to U.S. agencies for stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Iraq, including developing Iraqs security forces, enhancing Iraqs capacity to govern, and rebuilding Iraqs oil, electricity, and water sectors, among other activities. This report expands on issues discussed on GAOs transition Web site,httpwww.gao.govmediavideogao-09-294sp. In January 2007, President Bush announced The New Way Forward in Iraq to stem violence and enable the Iraqi government to foster national reconciliation. This strategy established goals and objectives through July 2008 and reasserted the long-term goal or end state for Iraq a unified, democratic, federal Iraq that can govern, defend, and sustain itself and is an ally in the war on terror. To support the strategy, the United States increased its military presence through a surge of brigade combat teams and associated forces.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]