The Human Toll of Reconstruction or Stabilization Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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Since its creation by the Congress in November 2003, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction SIGIR has produced about 400 reports, including audits, inspections, lessons learned studies, and Quarterly Reports to the Congress. Collectively, these reports comprise a comprehensive account of what the American taxpayers received for the approximately 60 billion the Congress made available for the reconstruction or stabilization of Iraq. None of SIGIR s previous reports focused on the human cost of the multitudinous efforts to rebuild Iraq s infrastructure, train Iraqi police and security forces, and re-structure Iraq s governmental institutions. This report attempts to close that reporting gap. Thousands of civilian and military personnel who deployed to Iraq since 2003 devoted their energies to stabilizing and reconstructing the war-torn country. Stories abound of service members and civilians killed while performing duties related to reconstruction or stabilization operations. This second SIGIR Special Report gathers together all available data regarding the human toll of U.S. reconstruction or stabilization efforts during Operation Iraqi Freedom and offers two lessons for consideration. SIGIR s second Special Report presents a record of the reconstruction and stabilization-related deaths that occurred in Iraq from May 1, 2003 the declared end of major combat operations, through August 31, 2010. We did not count deaths from Operation New Dawn, which began on September 1, 2010, and continued through December 15, 2011, when U.S. forces finally withdrew. When SIGIR began this project, Operation New Dawn was still active, so data gathered about that operation would have been incomplete.
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