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New Report on Contingency Contracting In Iraq and Afghanistan
The Commission on Wartime Contracting (CWC), is an independent, bipartisan legislative commission established to study wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are mandated by Congress to study federal agency contracting for the reconstruction, logistical support of coalition forces, and the performance of security functions, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assessment of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement of wartime contracts is part of their job, and it seems some folks made their work a bit too easy, according to its latest interim report, “At What Cost? Contingency Contracting In Iraq and Afghanistan”.

That top-notch, inexpensive contracting work (and oversight thereof) you’ve come to expect is documented in uncomfortable detail for all involved.

Download a PDF of the entire document here.


The Practical Argument Against Self Determination in Kirkuk - A Turkmen City?
The Psychological Health of Contractors Working in War Zones
Backgrounder: Selection of Speaker Reveals Shift
A New Report by the Middle East Research and Information Project
Report: Samarrai Is Confirmed and More Governors Are Elected South of Baghdad
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Dramatic Fluctuations in Black-Market Fuel Prices since Mid-December
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
13-Dec 30-Jan Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 700 600 -14.3%
Sadr City 650 650
Harthiya 700 700
'Amil 700 800 14.3%
Sha'b 800 800
Ghazaliya 700 800 14.3%
Mansour 800 800
Violent Deaths This Year Averaged 25 Per Day, Casualty Monitor Says
Sharp Drops in Black-Market Fuel Prices Reported Around the Capital
Marked Shifts in Key Household Fuel Prices; Cigs, Breads Stable
Against Stability in Other Commidities, Four Areas See Drop in One Fuel
Against Stability in Other Commidities, a Dramatic Drop in One Key Fuel Price
Studies
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'Institute for the Study of War' Graph Compares Violence Levels Over Three Years
This new ISW graph by the Institute for the Study of War, submitted by ISW president Kimberly Kagen, compares violence levels in Iraq and Afghanistan over a three year period (measuring frequency of four different classifications of attacks) between December 2006 and February 2009.

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NEJM Study Shows Execution-Style Killings Main Cause of Death of Non-Combatants
Evaluating the US military ‘surge’ using nighttime light signatures
Bergen and Cruickshank: "Flypaper Theory" Fails Test
New Report Examines Pentagon Review of Budgeting
Arab Attitudes to U.S. Worse
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ABC's "World News" 630pm et (half-hour)24169
CBS's "Evening News" 630pm et (half-hour)19178
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MSNBC's "Countdown" 8pm et (hour)391638
CC's "Daily Show" 11pm et (half-hour)207
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Opinion Poll
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Poll Shows 12% Jump in that View Since Nov.; Majority Still Say War Going Badly
Here's an excerpt from the CNN/Opinion Research poll released today.  The poll results also indicate Americans oppose the war in Iraq by a 63%-34% margin.
Here's an excerpt from the CNN/Opinion Research poll released today. The poll results also indicate Americans oppose the war in Iraq by a 63%-34% margin.
Here's a PDF of the 26 pages of poll results: CNNPoll1_18_08.pdf
ABC News-Washington Post Poll Shows McCain, Clinton Deemed Best on Iraq
Say Extra Pay, Benefits Key Reasons They Volunteer for Duty in Iraq
Poll Finds Locals Blame Occupation for Violence, See Hope in UK Withdrawal
AP/Ipsos Poll Reports New Optimism, Though Deep Discontent Remains
Public Still Down on President, But Have More Positive Views on War's Progress
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