U.S. Army Releases Iraq War Study

The United States Army has released its highly anticipated study of the Iraq War (2003-2011), entitled The U.S. Army in the Iraq War (2 vols.) (United States Army War College Press, 2019).

This internal U.S. Army study was commissioned by the former Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno in 2013 and authored by a team of U.S. Army colonels and lieutenant colonels.

A draft of the study was apparently completed two years ago in 2016. The draft study reportedly includes criticism of policymakers and commanders, generating controversy and delaying the study’s release.

The lengthy study has now been released, along with numerous declassified documents that were used in analyzing Iraq War strategies, operations, and tactics.

The U.S. Army in the Iraq War is organized into two volumes: Volume 1: Invasion, Insurgency, Civil War (2003-2006) and Volume 2. Surge and Withdrawal (2007-2011).

The United States Army War College has posted The U.S. Army in the Iraq War (2 vols.) in its entirety on its official Publications website.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the release of the study.

Students in HIST 384 History of War since 1500 at Northern Illinois University may be interested in exploring this study.

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